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Siemens and ABB are holding talks with the Nigerian federal government for the construction of two independent thermal power stations with combined generating capacity of 726MW. Discussions with the two multinationals for the plants are part of efforts to boost power generation and enhance domestic gas utilisation in the country.

The government aims to raise power generation to 10,000MW by 2005 from the present level of 3,000MW and also end gas flaring from oilfields by 2008. Talks with Swiss power group, ABB and Germany’s Siemens brings to four the number of multinationals interested in building independent power plants (IPPs) that will essentially utilise the nation’s abundant natural gas resources. While Italy’s Agip had commenced construction of a 450MW thermal plant in Delta state, the government was also holding discussions with ExxonMobil for a 388MW plant.