700 Electricity Megawatts Stranded In Egbin Plant


LAGOS SEPTEMBER 7TH (NEWSRANGERS)-The Chief Executive Officer of Egbin Power Plc, Mr. Dallas Peavey, has reported that 700 megawatts of power have been stranded in the Egbin Power Plant due to weak transmission infrastructure.
This is coming as an eight-member Congressional delegation from the United States has restated the country’s commitment to ‘Power Africa,’ a US initiative to add over 30,000 megawatts of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity, and 60 million new homes and business connections in Africa.
Peavey, who spoke to journalists after the plant’s tour by the United States Congressional delegation led by Senator Christopher Coons, observed that gas was no longer an issue as the plant had more than enough gas to generate 1,320 MW, added that over 700 megawatts were stranded, while the plant generated only about 600MW.
He disclosed that, while Units 1 and 3 were generating zero megawatts, Unit 2 was generating 175MW; Unit 4 was generating 203MW; Units 5 and 6 were generating 110MW and 111 MW, respectively, against each unit’s capacity of 220MW.
He attributed the poor generation to lack of transmission capacity to wheel the generated power to the national grid, adding that: “We need to work together with the federal government to evacuate the power because we have over 700 megawatts stranded. We are working with the TCN to get that done; we are working with the United States; World Bank, IFC, Sahara Group and all the stakeholders to get the power out of the plant’’.
He noted that the challenge of the plant and the cost of replacement of those parts and doing the job has changed.
“So, we are working with the United States to find replaceable parts; we are looking to re-engineer some parts of the system to upgrade and improve it. So, we are working with the government of the United States and all the stakeholders to make it happen,” he explained.
He noted that the plant had more than sufficient gas supplies to be able to generate power at the full capacity of the plant.
“The issue is the evacuation of the power and that is why we are working with the TCN to make that happen. We are working hand-in-hand with TCN; we have 700 megawatts of stranded capacity. We are generating almost 600MW right now, this minute but we have the capacity to generate 1,320MW,” he said.
According to him, generation was below 240MW per hour due to the dismal operational state of the units when the plant was privatized in 2013, adding that at its lowest point; only two of the six units were partially operational.
He added that the total overhaul of Units 4, 5 and 1 by the new owners allowed each of these units to peak at its 220-MW original installed capacity, stressing that the plant had never undergone a major overhaul of this kind in its 35 years of operation.
Peavey also noted that the new investors successfully restored the operation of Unit 6, which had been out of operations for 10 years, upgrading of the Distributed Control System (DCS) to Units 4, 5 and 1 to the latest modern technology available; and the major overhauling of the demineralisation plant.
Other achievements are; restoration of the water treatment and waste treatment facility; replacement and installation of the Turbine Vibration Monitoring Systems, which assists in regulating the speed of the turbine in an event of excessive vibration to avoid a catastrophic failure as had previously occurred; and the repair and replacement of the entire facility Fire Protection System that had been out of service for almost 20 years.
He said following the completion of the remaining unit overhauls, Egbin would be operating at a minimum of 95 per cent of its installed capacity for Nigeria.
Daily Independent

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