Indeed, it paved the way for development of civilisation in the twentieth century. The first awakening of the electricity industry occurred in the latter half of the nineteenth century with the competing systems of George Westinghouse and Thomas Edison.
The importance of world-class technological innovation in the Federal Government’s quest of providing regulation power supply cannot be over emphasized.
With the hand over of share certificates to new owners of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) assets and government’s plans to embark on the commissioning of the 10 Independent Power Plants across the country, technology is definitely going to play a major role in ensuring optimal benefits from the plants.
Siemens, a global technology leader and player in the Nigerian power sector has been a major player in the country’s quest to regular power supply.
Siemens received orders from Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) for construction of the Geregu II gas-turbine power plant in Ajaokuta, located approximately 200 kilometers south of the capital Abuja.
The power plant was completed on schedule in mid-2013. Geregu II, which was commissioned by President Goodluck Jonathan last week in Kogi State is a follow-up project to the Geregu I power plant, which Siemens built back in 2006.
Speaking at the commissioning, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Siemens Limited, Michael Lakota, attributed the success in the construction of the power plant to the reliability, robustness and service friendliness of the installed SGT5-2000E gas turbines that are ideal for the requirements of the Nigerian power market.
He disclosed: “Over 500 of the Siemens E-class gas turbines, suitable for all load ranges, particularly for peak load operation, are in operation worldwide with an impressive 16 million operating hours clocked-up, giving evidence of its reliability for decades as well as Siemens does as a whole company.
He stated that the company has proved again its long-standing commitment to Nigeria and its development, which is spanning almost 50 years now.
He said: “We are proud that the Niger Delta Power Holding Limited chose Siemens to build this modern and reliable power generation facility. Having worked closely with the customers, our team completed the third major power plant project in Nigeria within schedule. We believe that our ability to conform to the stringent health, safety and environmental requirements was one of the success factors in achieving the project objectives. This is truly a great joint achievement”.
Lakota said that the Geregu 11 plant plays an important role to strengthen the power supply to the residences, commerce and industries in the Kogi as well as to the Nigerian National grid. “With a capacity of 434 megawatts in addition to the already existing Geregu 1 power plant that started to operate back in 2007 with 414mw, this plant will play an important role to further improve the reliable power supply in Nigeria”, he added.
Managing Director of NDPHC, James Olotu, recalled that the Geregu Phase 211 power station project was initiated in 2006 as the second phase development to the 414 Geregu Phase 1 power station to add three more Siemens type V94.2 gas turbines to complete the Geregu power station as originally conceived.
He said: “However, as the project was to be funded under the NIPP with a different ownership structure from the first phase plant, the Phase 2 power plant was therefore built as a fully independent stand-alone plant.
“Construction works commenced on site on August 2010 and progressed rapidly according to schedule after overcoming the early challenges of having to coordinate the frequent necessity of rock blasting at the site with the operations requirements of the running Phase 1 gas turbine unit.
“The first gas turbine unit plus the common systems went into full commercial operation upon the conclusion of final completion tests on April 3,2013, while the other two units were completed and put to commercial use on May 14,2013”.
Olotu said the projects are also accompanied with gas pipeline constructions from ELP system and the gas fields at Adanga off shore, Egbema, Izonbe, Gbarian-Ubie, Oredo, Oben to the power plant including the required gas pressure reduction and metering stations (GPRMS).
According to him: “ There is a switch yard to evacuate the outputs of the gas turbine generators to the national grid at 330kV via the existing switch yards for the Geregu Phase 1 plant and Ajaokuta 330/132 Kv transmission substation.
“ Soon, Abuja and other parts of the FCT will be enjoying the full benefit of the additional power generation from Geregu when the few remaining links are completed by Octover ending.
“The project also includes the modification of the existing NGC’s gas station to provide independent metering and facilitate steady gas supply to the new power plant.”
Information from The Guardian was used in this report.