By Ernest Omoarelojie
Moves by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), to engage gas producers in order to boost gas supply to generating companies Gencos has begun. This was disclosed in Lagos on Monday during a tour of Egbin Power facilities by NNPC officials led by its Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power, Mr. Yusuf Usman.
Usman, who also disclosed that NNPC was committed to the enhancement of domestic gas utilization, noted that the move became imperative because of the need to address gas supply chain challenges as complained by power generating companies, with a view to improving power supply to Nigerians with a view
“…We are going to support you to make sure that the power supply is steady. We are having a session with gas suppliers in this regard. I am aware that works are ongoing in this regard to ensure that all the power we generate is safely evacuated,” Usman said.
Usman, who noted that his visit to the power generating facility is an eye opener over the state of the nation’s power generating equipment which he adjudged as needing an “…entire system overhaul…), assured that NNPC is ready to ensure both steady power supply and safe evacuation.
“The visit has been an eye opener for me. We have seen turbines that have been running for over 40 years. We have seen efforts being made by Egbin management to effect a turnaround at the plant through overhaul of the entire system.”
The Egbin Power Plant Plc was constructed but commissioned in phases beginning with the first phase in May 1986 with an initial 1,320 megawatts capacity. It is currently operating at about 86% per cent of its installed capacity, producing with a peak 970 megawatts which, according to its officials, is a struggle to sustain.
“We have reached the highest peak of 970MW and we are working hard to ensure sustainability of this feat. The 970MW we hit is the highest recorded this year and based on our core value of sustainability, we are working round the clock to make sure that we sustain the gains, which we have made.”
But apart from gas supply constraints, the power generating facility is equally contending with grid limitation, a reason it urgently requires its partners, including NNPC, Transmission COMPANY of Nigeria, TCN, and the Central Bank to up their collaboration efforts in order to sort out all operating issues.