Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Electricity Generation to Exceed 7,000 Megawatts

The Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPHC, which supervises the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP), has expressed optimism Nigeria's power generation capacity in the current year will exceed 7,000 mega watts, far above the 4,264MW recorded in 2012.

The Special Adviser to the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of NDPHC, Mr. Cyprian Nwachukwu, an engineer, while giving the status of the company and its 2013 plan, disclosed that the company will complete all gas turbine projects under the NIPP in 2013, which will generate a total of 4,264MW.

Currently, the NIPP facilities are generating 1,687MW into the national grid. Nwachukwu said that out of the 1687MW, Olorunsogo power plant generates 562.5MW, while Omotosho and Sapele generate 450MW each and Alaoji 225MW.

The Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs of Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, Mr. Dave Ifabiyi, in a recent statement said that Nigeria generated about 4,349.7MW, including the 1687MW from NIPP, which shows that 2662.7MW comes from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) stations.

Therefore, with the 4264MW expected from the NIPPs, and the 2662.7MW currently being generated from PHCN, and additional 500MW expected to be recovered from Egbin and other power stations, generation will be well over 7000MW this year.

Nwachukwu said: "Our plan for 2013 is completion of all gas turbine projects, which will give the country 4,264MW. We will also follow up the outstanding combined cycle for Alaoji, which is 510MW. As at December 7, 2012, five units of 112.5MW each from Olorunsogo were supplying power into the national grid, while four units of 112.5MW each from Omotosho and Sapele were generating and Alaoji was also generating from two units, which is 225MW."

He noted that the NDPHC would also follow up the completion of transmission projects including 2,194Km 330KV lines & 5,640MVA 330/132KV substation and 809Km 132KV lines and 3.433MVA 132/33KV substation.

He also said the company will follow up on the completion of some distribution projects including 3,540MVA plus 2,600Km & 1,700Km at 11KV & 33KV lines respectively.

"We will complete gas projects and conclude all Gas Sales Aggregator Agreements (GSAA) and Gas Transmission Agreements (GTA). We also prepared to receive and commence the implementation of the Transaction Adviser's recommendation when approved by the Board," he added.

Nwachukwu cited the challenges facing NDPHC to include two-three year suspension of the NIPP projects, which resulted in their delivery with attendant costs.

He listed gas supply as one the challenges impeding supply because generation from the thermal power stations is subject to availability of gas. Other challenges include security and community issues where the projects are located as well as port clearanceand contractor performance problems.

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