NDPHC-1909Four power plants in the ongoing National Integrated Power Projects (NIPPs) may not get completion certificate ahead of the pre-qualified bidders’ takeover deadline in June 2014.

This was disclosed by the Niger Delta Power holding Company (NDPHC) at the opening session of the Transaction Review Conference held in Abuja yesterday.

NDPHC while briefing the pre-qualified bidders and stakeholders on the projects explained that, of the 10 NIPPs, Egbema, Calabar, Omoku, and Gbarain Generation companies (Gencos) are currently having gas evacuation risks, a situation that is being managed by the NDPHC.

Spokesperson for the NDPHC, Mr. Louis Edozie said: “We have five power stations with four in operation, Sapele, Ihiovbor, Olorunsogo, Omotosho and Geregu. We have a total capacity of 2000mw as we speak and more are expected in due course from Calabar, Gbarain, Alaoji, Omoku and Egbema.”

The NIPP power plants expecting to be issued Provisional Certificate of Completion by June 2014 are, Olorunsogo II with 754mw generation capacity in Ogun state, Geregu II having 506mw in Kogi state, the 513mw Omotosho II plant in Ondo state, Ihovbor (Benin) plant with 451mw in Edo state, and Sapele II 508mw in Delta state.

Others awaiting completion are Omoku II with 265mw in Rivers state, the 1,131mw Alaoji power plant in Abia state, Calabar 634mw in Cross River, Gbarain 254mw in Bayelsa, and Egbema 381mw in Imo state, but are still having issues of varying gas evacuation risks with the latter having a maximum evacuation risk.

Egbema Genco, an Open Cycle Gas Turbine plant may not meet up with the proposed take over deadline of June 2014 as it risks issuance of Provisional Certification due to apparent gas supply evacuation and operational risks.

Meanwhile, pre-qualified bidders at the conference pushed for an extension of deadline from the initial 31 November to January 2014 for the bids submission of the licensed power plants to allow them make adequate preparations.

They are also expected to carry out inspections soon at their respective plants of interest soon to see first hand ongoing completion works at the plants.


Information from Daily Trust was used in this report.