Electricity generation in Nigeria to receive 1,025mw boost

12 June 2012, Sweetcrude, ABUJA – POWER generation in Nigeria is set to move up by 1,025 megawats (MW) following the completion of three power plants under the country’s National Integrated Power Project (NIPP).

Mr. James Abiodun Olotu, Managing Director and Chief Executive of Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC), operators of the NIPP, who disclosed this, listed the recently completed power stations as those in Sapele, Delta State; Olorunsogo in Ogun State and Omotosho in Okitipupa Local Government Area of Ondo State.

He disclosed this in Abuja while receiving the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr. Adenrele Shinaba, in his office.

“As we speak we have five units at our Olorunsogo Phase II Power station ready to deliver 650mw and in Sapele about 250mw while in Omotosho, we have 125mw of electricity ready for the national grid,” Olotu stated.

Olotu however said the delivery of this 1,025mw into the national grid would be dependent on the availability of gas.

According to him, efforts by gas suppliers – Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), International Oil Companies (IOCs) and the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) would soon bridge the gas supply gap.

Olotu said 2012 would be a harvest season for the NDPHC, which is charged with the responsibility of boosting power infrastructure in the country.

He expressed optimism that Alaoji Power Station, the largest among the 10 NIPP power stations, would also make a significant power delivery into the national grid before the end of this year.

Olotu said NIPP projects cut across generation, transmission and distribution of electricity across the country.

According to him, the magnitude of these infrastructure make it imperative for the organisation to consistently seek the cooperation and absolute support of the Police and other law enforcement agencies in protecting the facilities and creating the enabling environment for its contractors and consultant to work in.

“This year in NIPP is a year of harvest. Last week, we were in Lagos to commission 10 distribution injection substations that will boost the quality of electricity that will get to consumers, similar projects were commissioned in Kaduna and more projects will be commissioned every month till the end of the year,” he stated.

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