The National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) has refuted reports that the recently commissioned 750-megawatt (mw) NIPP Olorunsogo II power plants had earlier been commissioned by former president Olusegun Obasanjo.
A statement issued by Yakubu Lawal, the company’s general manager, communications and public relations, said that the completion and commissioning of the project was another manifestation of President Goodluck Jonathan’s commitment to deliver on his promises to complete inherited projects.
Lawal said that the Phase II is a combined circle plant consisting of four GE-made gas turbines, four heat recovery steam generators and two steam turbine units of 125mw capacity.
The power plant, he said, thus has the capacity to generate 750mw, a positive development over the phase I plant commissioned by the Obasanjo administration, which has eight units of turbine each of 42mw with a total of 335mw.
He also disclosed that the Olorunsogo II project was built by the NIPP, as a joint investment of the three tiers of government of Nigeria while Olorunsogo I project was basically a federal project.
Both projects, he said, were built by SEPCOIII of China under distinct and separate contracts with both sitting adjacent to one another but on a defined and distinct survey coordinates.
“NIPP was conceived in 2004 by the then president Olusegun Obasanjo as a major fast-track initiative to add significant new capacities in power generation, transmission and distribution to Nigeria’s electricity supply chain but President Jonathan’s commitment, first as the steering chairman of NIPP and later pioneering chairman, board of directors of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) actually gave life to the success stories of today,” he said.

Johnson Alabi
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