Strengthening its presence in Africa further, Overseas Infrastructure Alliance (OIA) has announced the launch of an 18-megawatt heavy fuel oil thermal power plant at Moroni, the capital city of Union of Comoros.
His Excellency Mr. Mohamed Ali Soilihi, Vice President for Finance of Union of Comoros,Her Excellency Ms.SitiKassim, Energy Minister, Union of Comoros and His Excellency Mr. Chandra BallabhThapliyal, Ambassador of India to Madagascar (concurrently accredited to the Union of Comoros)laid the foundation stone of this power plant at the site of Domoni-ya-mbwani, located about 5 km from the Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport.
Also gracing this momentous occasion were key Comorian dignitaries, viz. Vice President of Land Affairs, Interior Minister, Governor of the island of Ngazidja, Secretary General, amongst others.
The project, worth US$ 41 million (15 billion Comorian Francs), is financed by the Exim Bank of India and will be executed in collaboration with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd., with support of MITCON, over 18 months.
During the stone laying ceremony, Her Excellency Ms. SitiKassim, Energy Minister, Union of Comoros, commented, "I take this opportunity to thank the Indian government of its support in the development of Comoros and Mbude region."
Expressing his enthusiasm over the inauguration, Mr. Chandra BallabhThapliyal, Ambassador of India to Madagascar said, "We are aware how the energy crisis severely affects the development of the Comoros. I am convinced that the project of the heavy fuel power plant to be built here will drive the growth. This is a golden opportunity for both countries to further strengthen their relationship."
Ali Ahamada, Member of MitsamihuliMbudeadded, "We pray that this foundation ceremony marks the beginning of the end of the power shortage of the Union of Comoros"