Improved gas supply to power stations has helped to substantially increase the power generation from Nigeria’s biggest power station, Egbin Plc, it was learnt.
The Chief Executive Officer, Egbin Power Plc., Mr. Dallas Peavey told The Nation that the impressive electricity supply being experienced by consumers, especially in Lagos State and other surrounding states, is due to increased gas supply and huge investment in new and upgrade of power infrastructure by the owners of the company, Sahara Power Group and the Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO).
Peavey said Egbin generates and supplies over 1,100 megawatts (Mw) of electricity to the national grid and hopes to reach plant’s installed capacity of 1,320Mw or a little below it. He assured that if gas supply is sustained, the output from the power plant would not only be sustained, but well exceeded.
According to him, “We want to help the government to achieve its aspiration of providing stable power supply to Nigerians,” he said, adding that Egbin was generating below 500Mw when the private sector investors took over in November 2013.
He continued: “For instance, the control panels installed when the plant was built has been removed and upgraded to state-of-the-art digital panels. The main rehabilitation occurred in the first quarter of 2015, when the company successfully rehabilitated the plant’s unit six steam turbine (ST06), which added 220Mw to the plant.
“Remember that the management is working on further expansion of the plant to achieve its vision of attaining 2,670Mw by 2017 and total capacity of over 10,000Mw in the next decade, if the demand permits.”