The Director General of National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), Engr. Reuben Okeke, has disclosed that the power generating turbine of the Kainji Dam is currently undergoing turnaround maintenance for the first time after 40 years of its operation.
Engr. Okeke who stated this while conducting energy correspondents round the facility of the first hydro electric power dam in Nigeria, as part of an energy training workshop noted that, huge cost, time consumption and poor maintenance culture had contributed to the recent inefficiency of the dam.
“The dam currently generates 120megawatts instead of the installed capacity of 760megawatts due to degradation,” he said, noting that as the turbine blades continue to rotate at 120 Revolutions Per Minute (rpm), they are continually exposed to the water force which had created holes on them. The holes had in turn slowed down its spinning capacity equally resulting in its low electricity generation output.
The director general who noted that the federal government was in a partnership with the World Bank in collaboration with a Chinese firm on the turbine blades’ patching and repairs however reassured electricity consumers of improved capacity generation in less than a month on completion of the maintenance.
While conducting the energy correspondents round the site of an ongoing power transmission at Faku, near the Kainji hydro dam, Okeke said federal government intends to enhance the nation’s grid transmission capacity and as well improve electricity distribution to Kainji, New Bussa and other parts of Niger state.
Meanwhile, he noted that the essence of the training workshop organised for Energy Correspondents at the NAPTIN Regional Centre in Kainji, Niger state was to equip the correspondents with the necessary technical information and skills in electricity generation, transmission and distribution to brighten their reporting capabilities.
Information from Daily Trust was used in this report.