The Group Managing Director, Sahara Power Group, Kola Adesina, has said that Egbin Power plant will add 1,320 megawatts to the national grid by the end of February.
Egbin plant, which is the largest power generating station in Nigeria with an installed capacity of 1,320MW consisting of six units of 220MW each, is currently generation about 543 MW to the national grid.
Speaking in Lagos during the induction of 39 young engineers into a development programme under the guidance of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) yesterday, Adesina said Sahara Energy is working assiduously to ensure the 1,320MW is linked to the grid by the end of February. He explained that electricity generation from Egbin power plant has been limited by evacuation problem.
“We can do today 880MW but the limitation of evacuation is what is restricting it to 543MW as we speak. But as a company, availability of Egbin power plant will be up to 1,320MW at the end of February,” he said.
He explained also that Egbin plant would soon increase its output by an additional 1,900MW, raising electricity generation to approximately 3,200MW with the use of new technology.
“We are employing a combined circle power plant which uses less of gas and produces more energy than we currently produce from the present plant. The plan is ongoing,” he stated.
Adesina noted that though Egbin Power plant is still being owed over N100 billion, the payment assurance scheme is helping a great deal to resolve part of the backlog of payment that plant has suffered.
“But that notwithstanding, government is still owning us over N100million but the payment assurance scheme is one we are still looking forward to, to ensure that the 100 per cent revenue that we deserve, we get from the system. Government is increasingly paying from the payment assurance scheme which we are benefiting from,” he stated
According to NAPTIN’s Acting Director-General, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode, the power sector needs consistent training to address the dearth of human capital.
Nagode said it was imperative for the sector to bridge the knowledge gap by investing in its people through sustained collaboration between the public and private sectors.
Source: Daily Trust