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NNPC, Egbin collaborate to boost gas-to-power programme

By Salomon Asowata

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Egbin Power Plc are committed to deepening their collaboration to ensure the success of the federal government’s gas-to-electricity program.

The COO, Gaz, NNPC, Mr. Yusuf Usman and the Chairman of the Board, Egbin Power Plc, Mr. Temitope Sonubi, made this commitment during a tour of the facilities of the team of the NNPC at the power station Monday in Lagos.

Usman said the NNPC is committed to deepening the use of gas in Nigeria, adding that the company’s turnaround at the thermal power plant is very impressive.

He said there was a need to ensure an uninterrupted supply of gas to the Egbin power plant, which was the largest in sub-Saharan Africa.

Usman said, “This visit was an eye opener for me. We have seen turbines that have been in operation for over 40 years. We have seen efforts by Egbin management to effect a turnaround at the plant through the overhaul of the entire system.

“We have also seen the support you have provided to young people through employment opportunities and capacity development.

“I have listened to the concerns you have raised, particularly in the area of ​​transmission restrictions. I am aware that work is underway in this regard to ensure that all the energy we produce is safely discharged.

“One area of ​​concern for me is when you mentioned the gas constraints. We will help you make sure the power is stable. We have a session with the gas suppliers in this regard.

Earlier, Sonubi said that Egbin Power Plc, its phase two investment expansion plan, would add between 1,750 MW and 1,900 MW to Nigeria’s power generation pool.

Sonubi said the plant has undergone a major overhaul, which has helped increase production from the low capacity it had before 2013.

He said: “Egbin has a capacity of 1,320 MW. At the time we took control of it, the plant was generating 300 MW, which is an appalling 22%.

“To date, our production capacity has increased and we are doing 89% of it.

“We have reached the highest peak of 970 MW and we are working hard to ensure the sustainability of this achievement.

“The 970 MW we have achieved is the highest in the history of the plant and, based on our core value of sustainability, we are working around the clock to ensure that we are sustaining the gains we have made. “

Sonubi listed the challenges the company faces, including grid limitation, gas constraints and liquidity.

He said, however, that stakeholders including the NNPC, the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Transmission Company of Nigeria were working tirelessly to resolve the issues.

Sonubi appealed to NNPC to maintain its gas development and product supply efforts so that Egbin’s turbines are operating productively at their optimum capacity. (NAA)

(NAN)

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