FG loses 1,000mw from NIPP plants
The inability of the Federal Government and the contractor handling the three major power plants under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) to fast track the growth of electricity in Nigeria has rubbed off on the gains that government would have consolidated in the nation’s power sector by an additional 1,000 megawatts, Beks Dagogo-Jack, Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Power has said.
As a result, Rockson Engineering Limited, the contractor handling the Alaoji Generation Company Limited, Omoku Generation Company Limited and Gbarain Generation Company Limited has been given two weeks to come out with clear plans for each of the projects.
Dagogo-Jack said: “They (Rockson) committed to come back to us in a time space of two weeks with a clear work plan for each of the projects, and that work plan is something that the whole country would hold them accountable for. In that work plan, there will be conditions that must be delivered by other people in time.”
The chairman said in Abuja that after a technical meeting, Rockson explained that several factors were responsible for the slip that had seen the country lost 1,000mw of electricity.
He, however, revealed that the gas issue of Alaoji, one of the four major power plants (including Omoku, Gbarain and Egbema power plants), has been resolved.
He said: “Because these projects have slipped, and they slipped as a result of several factors – some are internal to the contractors, others are external to him, some are dependent on the client making decisions on time.
“Because it is not happening when it should, the country is losing in the order of 1,000 megawatts.
“Today, we’ve resolved the Alaoji gas issue. Sooner or later, we should see them commissioning some of the (plants) because the gas constraints have been deconstrained.”
Speaking on the critical issues surrounding the projects, Dagogo-Jack said some of the external constraints include the clients, communities, ports and custom issues.