By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoaâ€”The Anglo-Dutch Oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company, yesterday, said its Joint Venture Afam VI power plant, which began electricity production in 2008, is set to increase output from 450 to 650MW with the commissioning of the combined cycle turbine on 4- 5 May 2010.
The plant, when commissioned, is expected to boost Nigeriaâ€™s electricity supply capacity by 20 percent.
The plant, according to the SPDC spokesman, Precious Okolobo, is to be shut down for the scheduled period of commissioning.
Apart from increasing the capacity of the plant to 650MW, the combined cycle operation provides both environmental and efficiency benefits, by utilising heat produced from the gas without burning of any additional hydrocarbon fuel, Okolobo said in a statement made available to Vanguard.
â€œAll stakeholders have been notified of the shutdown. SPDC regrets the shortfall in electricity generation that will result from the unavoidable shutdown, and will do everything to complete the exercise as scheduled.
â€œAfam VIâ€™s three gas turbines which were fully commissioned in July 2009, have since jointly supplied over 2.5 million megawatt hours of electricity to the national grid. The plant will boost Nigeriaâ€™s electricity supply capacity by 20 per cent.
The facility is powered by gas from SPDCâ€™s Okoloma gas plant which opened in 2008 and has the capacity to increase the nationâ€™s gas supply by approximately 20 per cent.â€