By G9ija

Plans are underway for the take-off of the first waste-to-energy plant in Lagos State.

A statement on Sunday said the project was being led by a British company, West African ENRG.

The Deputy British High Commissioner in Nigeria, Mr Ben Jones, during a guided tour of facilities of the company alongside state officials, endorsed more foreign investments in Lagos.

He said, “Though some people think about Nigeria and investments and look the other way, we say, ‘look this way’. We will help you and it is a real opportunity here as it is being demonstrated today and even opportunities to grow beyond even what is being achieved now, which is so fantastic.

“It is absolutely outstanding what is being achieved using British technology, finance and real great Nigerian drive and expertise to create something special that is really going to grow and grow.”

He said issues of climate change, pollution, drainage and plastics were being solved by the West African ENRG waste conversion facility.

The state Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tunji Bello, said the firm’s waste conversation plant was unveiled in 2015 by former Governor Babatunde Fashola, before it had a setback.

The Chief Executive Officer of West African ENRG, Paul O’Callaghan, said his organisation planned to invest about $125m to $150m to build a 25 megawatts waste-to-energy facility that would process 2.5 tonnes of waste daily.

“At the moment, it takes three to four hours in the dry season to tip waste at the open landfill site to the wet season that takes as much as 24 hours depending on the weather. We are committing to under 30 minutes and aiming for 15 minutes turnaround time,” he added.

He said the new project meant the PSP would move from houses to the waste-to-energy facility and within 15 minutes would be back on the streets collecting waste, thus creating better economy for the PSP and a quicker and cleaner Lagos.

O’Callaghan expressed readiness to convert Olusosun dumpsite to a waste to energy facility.

The Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Agency, Ibrahim Odumboni, said the state was ready to partner the firm for the project to commence.