Rockson and GE to construct power plant in Nigeria's Kaduna

Nov 30, 2009 01:00 AM

The Ministry of Power has signed a contract for the construction of a Dual Thermal Plant using Low Pour Fuel Oil (LPFO) and Natural Gas, to be located in Kaduna, with General Electric and Rockson Engineering Nigeria Consortium.
This is coming just as the federal government also announces a major boost in the generation capacity for the country which edges the country closer to the targeted 6,000 MW by December.

The Minister of Power, Dr Lanre Babalola while signing the Contract Agreement for the 215 MW Kaduna Dual Thermal Power Plant Project using Low Pour Fuel Oil [LPFO]/Natural Gas in Abuja recently described the event as a milestone for the nation's power sector. He further stated that the plant will complement other hydro power plants in the northern part of the country and also go a long way in reducing challenges being faced in the power industry.
Also, the Minister who observed that the breakthrough was commercially challenging, called on the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC) to make concerted efforts towards ensuring adequate gas supply. He commended the competence of Rockson Engineering and urged them to bring it to bear on the project which was the 1st Power Plant to be built initially by this Administration to ensure success.

On the increase in generation capacity the Minister stated that Nigeria now has an available capacity to generate 5,000 MW of electricity as it moves closer to attaining the Presidential target of 6,000 MW by the end of this year.
Dr Lanre Babalola further said that the proposed 6,000 MW short term goal was actually realizable as the sector already boasts of an installed generation capacity of 8,634 MW. He however said that the actual generation capacity still hovered at about 3,000 MW due to challenges in sourcing adequate gas to power the generating plants.

According to him the Ministry was actually collaborating with the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Nigerian Gas Company (NGC), and International Oil Companies (IOC's) to proffer solution to the problem of inadequate gas supply. He further said that the sector had already recorded impressive progress in the area of transmission and distribution with 647 MW transmission capacity already added to the existing 4,000 MW adding that this capacity will appreciate to 6,683 MW in December.
"In the area of distribution the sector had also recorded major achievement with line replacement of a total of 750 MVA and reinforcement of 383.5 MVA at the injection Substation and 590.71 MVA at the distribution Substation.

The Hon. Minister gave the assurance that given the high level of Federal Government commitment and support (financial and otherwise), Nigerians should expect a substantial improvement in power supply.
Earlier, the Sales Manager, General Electric Oil & Gas, Mr Victor Ekpeyong stated that the scope of work includes the manufacture and supply of 8 General Electric Frame 5 Dual Fuel Gas Turbines in Florence, Italy and shipment to Nigeria as well as the Design, Engineering, Procurement of the Balance of the Plant; Installation, Construction, Testing and coming of the whole project.

He commended the Ministry for the opportunity given them to demonstrate their capabilities and gave the assurance that the consortium is committed to seeing to the successful completion of the project.
The 215 MW plant is part of the Federal Government's effort to ensure flexibility in the nation's power stations and thereby reduce the heavy dependence on gas.

Source / Vanguard
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