19 January 2015, Lagos – Lagos is expected to experience a substantial improvement in power supply following the rehabilitation of a 220MW steam turbine generator at the Egbin power station.
The repair is coming eight years after the system had become inoperable.
“The rehabilitated and restored Unit ST-06 brings an additional 220MW to the Nigerian national electricity grid and will also bolster power supply to the Lagos metropolis, thereby improving socio-economic activities in the region,” the company said.
It noted that the ST-06, which was first inaugurated in November 1987, suffered a boiler explosion during operation in 2006 due to some water tube phenomenon.
It stated, “With the unit now generating at full stream, Egbin is currently in the final stages of a bilateral agreement to supply the 220MW to Ikeja Electricity Distribution Plc and Eko Distribution Company, a development that is set to yield about 16 per cent additional power supply to Lagos the nation’s commercial nerve centre.
“The transformation at the nation’s largest generation plant commenced following its acquisition by Sahara Power, working through a number of Special Purpose Vehicles in collaboration with its technical partners, Korea Electric Corporation.”
The Chief Executive Officer, Egbin Power Plc, Mr. Mike Uzoigwe, was quoted as saying that the rehabilitation of the ST Unit 6 was a major breakthrough, noting that huge resources were deployed in achieving a complete overhaul of the unit.
“When we took over Egbin Power Plant in November 2013, there was a sworn declaration to deploy all of our available resources required to transform the plant into a centre of excellence. We are happy that this is being achieved through the expertise of our staff members and KEPCO, and we are delighted to say we are on course towards achieving our objective of being a foremost power generation plant in Africa,” he said.
– The Punch