A Review of the Nigerian Energy Industry

Omotosho plant to add 500mw to Nigeria’s power output

Kunle Kalejaiye

21 November 2012, Sweetcrude, Lagos – THE Management of Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited, NDPHC, has assured Nigerians that Omotosho Power Plant Phase ll is ready to contribute additional 500 megawatts to the national grid by December.

Mr. James Olotu, the Managing Director of the company, owners of the National Integrated Power Project, NIPP, disclosed this to news men in Ondo State during an inspection visit to some NIPP power plants in the South-West.

Olotu said three of the four units in Omotosho is already contributing about 375 megawatts to the national grid while the last unit would come on stream by December to make 500 megawatts.

He said the on-going success recorded in the NIPP power project is in line with the power sector reform agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

“I have been assured by the contractor handling the projects that the 500 mega watts will be added to the national grid by December.

“Presently, three units which are one, two, and three are generating about 375MW are currently on the grid, while the last unit four, would come on stream by December,” he said.

NDPHC also expressed satisfaction on the total level of commitment by the contractors handling the ongoing-NIPP projects in Omotosho.

“I’m very impressed with the work I saw here today, because all the workers are working like a team to achieved the stated goal. “Nigerians will be having additional 500MW available to the grid if all the gas requirement is provided. I am sure that all concerned people are working to ensure availability of gas to the power plants,’’ Olotu stated.

He said that with the level of work in all NIPP projects, the country is expected to get about 1, 500MW that will be added to the national grid by December, which is subject to availability of gas.

“Currently, we have about 700MW in the grid, which is expected to increase to 1,500 mw by December. Gas has been our major challenge but we hope it will be addressed with the level of assurance given by the Nigerian Gas Company, NGC.”

Olotu said that some units are not working due to non-availability of gas, adding that they have been assured by NGC of gas availability.

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