26 June 2012, Sweetcrude, LAGOS – THE Afam VI Combined Cycle Power Plant in Rivers State achieved a milestone in May 2012, as it has delivered about 10 trillion watt-hour,TWh, of electricity into Nigeria’s national grid since first power in 2008.
The Afam V1 power plant was built by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) Ltd Joint Venture and achieved first power in August 2008, about three years after the contract was awarded
“Afam V1 is evidence of our strong support for the Federal Government’s power agenda,” SPDC said Managing Director, Mr. MutiuSunmonu. “Since 2008, the plant has continued to impact positively on power generation capacity in the country and we’re looking forward to more years of sustained performance.”
Located at Okoloma village in Oyigbo Local Government Area, Rivers State, the plant has an installed capacity of 650 mega watts, MW, and consists of three gas turbo-generators of 150MW each, and 1 steam turbo-generator rated at 200MW. The gas turbines were fully commissioned in July 2009, while the steam turbine came on stream in December 2010. The plant receives gas from SPDC’s gas plant also at Okoloma.
Afam VI is the second largest contributor to the National grid (contributing about 17%) and the largest combined cycle power plant on the grid. Built on the best technology in the industry and utilising waste heat energy in the gas turbine exhaust gas, the plant generates an additional 200MW from the steam turbo-generator, thereby providing a huge reduction in the carbon footprint of the plant.
The plant’s combined-cycle technology also enhances the efficiency of electricity generation.