30 November 2015, Lagos – The Afam VI Power Plant in Rivers State has been recognised and rewarded by the United Nations for reducing carbon emissions through environmentally friendly operations.
Afam Power Plant
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) issued the 650-megawatt plant some 541,537 Certified Emission Reductions (CER) credits for its first crediting period between November 1 2012 and October 31, 2013.
This makes the plant, built and operated by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) Joint Venture, the first energy efficiency project on power generation registered from Nigeria and also the first UN registered Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) initiative in the Shell Group.
“The achievement is a solid demonstration of the philosophy of operational excellence that underpins the business of Shell companies in Nigeria,” said Osagie Okunbor, SPDC Managing Director and Country Chair, Shell Companies in Nigeria. “Over the years, Afam VI Power Plant has proved to be a reliable generator of electricity in Nigeria, and the sound management of operations by staff and contractors has continued to make it a world-class facility.”
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has identified carbon emissions from burning of fossil fuels for energy as a major cause of climate warming, and called for concerted action by governments around the world to cut down such emissions.