The federal government has taken over the 434megawatts-capacity Geregu II gas-turbine power plant built under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) from Siemens, after the German firm completed the project located in Ajaokuta, Kogi State, on schedule.
The power station, the second of its kind, to be built by Siemens in Geregu, was built for the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), the government-run energy provider and operator of the NIPP.
The German firm said in a statement at the weekend that as part of the turnkey construction project, it supplied three E-class gas turbines as well as the associated generators.
With an electrical capacity of 434 megawatts (MW), the plant, which will play an important role in the expansion of the power supply in the country, is located at Ajaokuta, approximately 200 kilometres South of Abuja.
Following the Afam V in Rivers State and Geregu I plants built for the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Geregu II is now the third gas-turbine power plant to be constructed by Siemens in Nigeria, as a turnkey project and completed on schedule.
According to the statement, the scope of delivery it supplied for Geregu II included three SGT5-2000E gas turbines, three SGen5-100A generators, as well as all the electrical systems and the SPPA-T3000 control system.
Siemens said it had also supplied three E-class gas turbines, generators, and the control technology for the Geregu I power plant.
The company also stated that it had already sold over 460 SGT5-2000E gas turbines worldwide, adding that with over 14 million equivalent hours of operation, this turbine has a very high amount of operating experience.
The Head of Gas Turbine Power Plant Solutions at Siemens Energy, Lothar Balling, stated that the SGT5-2000E gas turbines that were installed in Geregu II were suitable for all load ranges, particularly for peak load operation.
“Thanks to their reliability, robustness and service friendliness, they are ideal for the requirements of the Nigerian market. In Nigeria, planning is already underway for additional projects using this type of turbine,” Balling said.
Commenting on the project, the Chief Executive Officer of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Mr. James Abiodun Olotu said the company was satisfied with the implementation of the project.
“The Geregu II power plant has strategic significance when it comes to improving the power supply in our country as well as for the stability of Nigeria’s power grid. We’re very satisfied with how this important project has been implemented, and we are proud to be working with Siemens,” Olotu said.
In April 2012, Siemens met with President Goodluck Jonathan to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the delivery of additional power plant components.
The federal government developed Vision 2020 programme to further expand the country’s energy system. By 2020, the country plans to increase the country’s generation capacity by 40,000mw from its current level of about 5,000 mw.
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