Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) is to sort out its approval for Egbin Power Plant to access gas to fire its sixth unit that can generate additional 220 megawatts (MW) of electricity,
The Chairman of the agency, Dr. Sam Amadi has disclosed.
“This week we are finalising approval for Egbin Power Plant to access gas to fire its sixth unit that can generate additional 220MW which will be dropped in Ikeja and Eko Disco for Lagos residents. This will improve power supply to Lagos,” said Amadi.
Egbin and the Discos serving the Lagos distribution area; Ikeja and Eko are said to have entered into an agreement for dedicated supply of about 220MW of electricity that would be generated from the sixth unit that Egbin has recently refitted.
Such supply pact will however have to go through regulatory approval, which is what NERC has initiated and should conclude within the week.
Following the rehabilitation programme carried out on Egbin’s ST-06, a 220MW steam turbine generator, which had remained inoperable for about eight years, the power plant has been able to claw back its installed capacity of 1,320MW. The rehabilitated and restored Unit ST-06 was first commissioned in November 1987, but suffered a boiler explosion during operation in 2006 due to some water tube phenomenon.