Kola Adesina, Chairman, Egbin Power Plc, Nigeria’s largest power generation plant now generates above 1000megawatts (mw) consistently into the national grid.
Adesina said, “This is the first time since inception of the power plant that it will achieve the feat because of the continuing investment and upgrade activities on the plant by the new investors – Sahara Power Group and Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO).”
He recalled that eight years ago, the plant hit the 1000mw mark for barely two hours and never attained it again until now, adding that prior to the privatisation and handover of the plant in November 2013, Egbin averaged generation of below 500mw due to the dismal state of its six units which at its lowest point, only two of the six units were operational.
Adesina said prior to the privatisation of the plant, most of the auxiliaries such as the demineralisation plant were not functional, spare parts necessary for plant operation and preventive maintenance were unavailable and that most of the equipment were obsolete.
He said since takeover, the new owners have embarked on a total overhaul of units 4, 5 and 1, allowing the units to peak at 220mw each which is the installed capacity and that the plant has never undergone any major overhaul in its 30 years of operation.
Adesina said Unit 6 of the plant which has been unoperational for 10 years has been successfully restored while Turbine Vibration Monitoring Systems which assist in regulating the speed of the turbine in the event of vibration to avoid a catastrophic failure have been replaced.
According to him, with the successful restoration of Unit 6 and the overhauling of the units halfway complete, there was an increase of 50 per cent in generation and a drastic decrease in unscheduled shut-downs.
On the medium-term investment plans, the chairman said the major overhaul of units 2, 3 & 6 next year will complete the overhaul plan scheduled until the next scheduled overhaul in 2019.
While noting that the feat signposts the unfolding success of the privatisation process and power sector reform in Nigeria, Adesina attributed the achievement partly to the direct intervention of the federal governments in its determination to resolve the power crisis which has resulted in recent improvement in gas supply.

Oluchi Ugboaja
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