The NNPC put the megawatts (MW) capacity of the plants at 4, 600.If achieved, power generation may rise above 9, 000 megawatts.The development came Thursday on the heels of plans by Egbin Power Plc, near Ikorodu, a Lagos suburb, to raise its generation capacity from 1,250mw to 1,800mw.

According to a report by the Advisory Power Team in the Office of the Vice President, power generation figures in the first three weeks of this month were: 5, 156mw, 5, 077mw and 5,103mw.

In a statement in Abuja by NNPC spokesman Ndu Ughamadu, the oil giant said additional 4, 600mw will be generated through the recently-approved contract for the construction of the Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Gas Pipeline, dubbed the AKK Pipeline.

According to the statement, the AKK pipeline has started yielding early benefits with the commitment by the corporation to build power-generating plants with combined capacity of 4550 megawatts in Abuja, Kaduna, and Kano states.

The power plant in Abuja is expected to generate 1,350 MW, Kaduna (900mw) and Kano (2,350mw). Quoting the NNPC Group Managing Director (GMD), Dr. Maikanti Baru, Ughamadu said the corporation, in partnership with private investors, would build power-generating plants to support Federal Government’s effort to providing stable electricity in the country.

The statement quoted the GMD as saying: “As part of the drive to establish power plants to augment the power supply to the nation, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has recently approved the AKK Gas Pipeline project to be financed through Public Private Partnership (PPP).

“The project comes with other auxiliary ones which include: 1,350 megawatts, 900 megawatts and 2,350 megawatts of power generation plants in Abuja, Kaduna, and Kano respectively.”

It said the NNPC in partnership with private investors would also build fertilizer plants in some parts of the country, one of which would be located at Izzon, Niger State.

The NNPC spokesman said that in line with the presidential mandate on oil exploration in all the frontier basins, the corporation was well-focused on the exploration in the Bida Basin.

“We have contracted the geological mapping of the Bida Basin to Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai and the job would be completed in three months,” the statement said.

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