Kunle Kalejaye 26 January 2015, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Nigeria’s largest power generation station, Egbin Thermal power plant, has been repositioned to boost electricity supply in the country by an additional 1, 350 megawatts in 2017.
With initial installed capacity of 1, 320mw, consisting of six units of 220mw each, the addition of 1,350mw at the plant will see it generate 2,670mw in two years time.
This was made known by the Minister of Power, Prof Chinedu Nebo during a visit to the power plant in Lagos at the weekend.
Professor Nebo, who spoke to journalist, said the management of the power stations has invested over N 50 billion to revive the 220mw unit six of the power plant which has been moribund for over 10 years.
“We have been assured by the new owners of the station that now that the 220 mega watts unit has come on stream, the station is targeting to contributes about 2,670 mega watts to the national grid.
“Government has lots of other basic needs to attend to, government did not find the resources to revive it. What we are celebrating today is one of the rich harvests of privatisation exercise.
“This has shown that privitisation is working very well. This station is the largest power plant in West Africa,’’ he said.
Nebo explained that it was difficult to regain lost capacity that was lost several year ago, adding that the station can also achieve a total capacity of over 10,000 mega watts in the next decade, if increased demand permits.
He said that the additional 220 mega watts from the station would also bolster power supply to Lagos metropolis, thereby improving socio-economic activities in the state and the south-west region.