The Okija Gas-Fired Power Plant features the development of a gas-fired power plant on 31.9ha of land. Its construction is under the expertise of a unit of Nestoil Plc, Century Power Generation Ltd (CPG).
The project’s construction will be across a total of three phases. The first phase will feature the construction of a 495MW power plant. It will make use of an open-cycle gas turbine (OCGT) configuration.
Meanwhile, the second phase will feature the extension of the OCGT to a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) configuration. Quite impressively, the second phase will boast a nominal power capacity of 750MW approximately.
Lastly, the project’s third phase will feature the construction of a second CCGT. Moreover, the second CCGT will have an additional capacity of 750MW. Currently, the project has stalled due to the expiration of its generation license.
Reported On May 16, 2014
GE & CPG Ltd to build a 1,500MW gas-fired power plant in Nigeria
General Electric (GE) has entered into a partnership with Century Power, a leading independent power producer, to build a 1,500MW gas-fired power plant in Okija, Anambra state Nigeria.
Starting from an initial 495 megawatts, the plant will run at its full capacity of 1,500 megawatts by 2020. GE plans to work with Daewoo of Korea for the provision of Engineering Procurement and Construction (EPC). According to the President and CEO of GE Nigeria, Dr. Lazarus Angbazo, GE will support the project with long-term equity participation, facilitate procurement of equipment, operation, and maintenance, and long-term service contract.
The president and CEO of Nestoil Group, Dr. Ernest Azudialu-Obiejesi, is happy with the partnership between Century Power Generation Ltd and General Electric Nigeria, which he said will transcend the power sector to other sectors such as healthcare, oil/Gas, and energy management.
The CEO of Century Power Generation Limited, Dr. Chukwueloke Umeh said, GE emerged as the preferred bidder for the project through a rigorous competitive, and transparent process.
Century Power is a unit of Nestoil Plc, a Nigerian company providing engineering, procurement, and construction services to energy companies. It owns part of Oil Mining Lease 42, estimated to have gas reserves of more than 5 trillion cubic feet, which is enough to produce 2,500 megawatts daily for more than 25 years. The company plans to add an additional three power plants to generate a total of 5,000 megawatts within the next six years.
Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer and most populous country with about 170 million people. However, it struggles with frequent blackouts. As a result, it strives to boost the current electricity output of about 4,000 megawatts to 20,000 megawatts by 2016.
Century Power plans to construct a 495MW power plant in Nigeria
In West Africa, a Nigerian-based power generation company, Century Power has announced that it plans to construct a power plant in Nigeria that will produce 1,500MW of electricity, which will be fed into the nation’s power grid.
According to Media, the plant will be constructed in three stages at the Century Power Generation Plant in Okija, Anambra State, starting with 495MW, which is estimated to be finished in 2020.
Presently, the company’s managing director, Dr. Chukwueloka Umeh, contributed to a panel discussion held in the US, where he raised some of the challenges facing the power sector in Nigeria.
Umeh said: “There are challenges confronting every facet of the power value chain in the nation, beginning from gas generation all the way to electricity distribution, and in order to secure these, major investment is required.”
He continued: “A huge part of this investment will come from local and foreign investors, but the government must craft favorable conditions in all these sub-sectors to guarantee an influx of these urgently required investments. It cannot be business as normal.”
According to Press, Umeh elucidated that Nigerians are entrepreneurial, nonetheless, must have the right infrastructure to unfasten the potential that the nation has been debating about for decades.
‘‘It is easy to see that we export timber, but import toothpicks merely because we do not have a stable and dependable supply of electricity to allow SMEs to manufacture goods locally at cutthroat costs, thus generating jobs for the mounting unemployed population.”
“The population fears tariff increases, but do not realize that they really pay much higher tariffs by generating their own power with petrol or diesel powered generators,” he maintained.
On renewable energy, he said what Nigeria needs are big base load plants, with the capacity to produce 100MW and more, stating that renewables are necessary to assist preserve the environment, while sources such as hydro are nice to have in the power mix, media reported.