FG loses 1,000mw from NIPP plants

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

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.

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