Elec­tric­ity sup­ply to im­prove as Shi­roro plant adds 150mw

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Abubakar Haruna, Minna

The na­tion is set to get a boost in its power sup­ply as the Shi­roro Hy­dro­elec­tric Power Sta­tion has in­creased its power out­put by 150 megawatts (mw), the Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Chair­man of North South Power Com­pany Lim­ited, En­gi­neer Olubunmi Peters, has said.

The re­duc­tion of Shi­roro plant out­put from 600mw to 450mw was due to the struc­tural fail­ure of wa­ter in­take of one of the four tur­bine gen­er­a­tor units which has been re­paired.

Peters said with the rise of wa­ter, the power plant can gen­er­ate 800 megawatts which will fur­ther boost the power sup­ply in the coun­try.

“The dam­age of Unit 4 oc­curred about 60 me­ters un­der zero vis­i­bil­ity wa­ter. It was dif­fi­cult to ac­cess and repair. This raised con­cern about fur­ther cat­a­strophic fail­ure. This fac­tors cast a shadow on the vi­a­bil­ity of the unit which re­sulted to the re­duc­tion of Shi­roro Hy­dro Plant power out­put from 600 megawatts to 450mw,” he said.

Ad­dress­ing news­men in Shi­roro at the com­ple­tion of repair works on Unit 4 Wa­ter In­take of the plant, Olubunmi said the unit has been down since 2010, adding that the dam­age be­came more vis­i­ble as it was not ser­viced.

He said about 8.5 mil­lion dol­lars was ex­pended to bring the unit back to func­tion­ing ca­pac­ity, adding that it was now func­tion­ing well.

The Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer of Shi­roro sta­tion, En­gi­neer Daudu Ab­dul-Aziz, as­sured that the power sta­tion would do its best to live up to its cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity to the host com­mu­ni­ties.

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