By Michael Eboh
Nigeria’s power generating capacity rose by 220 megawatts (MW) as Egbin Power Plc, yesterday, said it has completed the rehabilitation of its ST-06 220MW Steam Turbine generator which has been grounded for more than eight years.
According to a statement signed by Engr. Mike Uzoigwe, Chief Executive Officer, Egbin Power Plc, the rehabilitation has brought back the plant to its installed capacity of 1,320MW and will bring about increased power supply to Lagos State.
Uzoigwe said ST-06, which was first commissioned in November 1987, suffered a boiler explosion during operation in 2006 due to some water tube phenomenon.
According to him, with the unit now generating at full stream, Egbin is currently in the final stages of a bilateral agreement to supply the 220MW to Ikeja Electricity Distribution Plc (Ikeja Electric) and Eko Distribution Company, a development that is set to yield about 16 per cent additional power supply to Lagos.
He explained that the company considers the rehabilitation of ST Unit 6 to be a major breakthrough, noting that huge resources were deployed into achieving a complete tear down overhaul of the unit.
Uzoigwe further stated that in spite of the fact that the electricity market in Nigeria is not yet bankable, Egbin has in collaboration with the Korea Electric Corporation, KEPCO, continued to achieve laudable feats for the benefit of this country.
He added that KEPCO had begun the overhaul of unit ST-04 as Egbin continues its quest to ensure it operates in compliance with globally acclaimed standards.
He maintained that the transformation at the nation’s largest generation plant commenced following its acquisition by Sahara Power, working through a number of Special Purpose Vehicles in collaboration with Its technical partners, KEPCO.