Minister of Power, Bart Nnaji
By Ejiofor Alike
The National Integrated Power Project (NIPP), comprising 10 power stations, gas infrastructure projects, as well as various distribution and transmission infrastructure will inject a minimum of 1,000 megawatts into the national grid by the end of this year.
This is coming as some of the contractors handling the various projects, whose performances in terms of quality and pace of work are said to be below expectations, have been given up till next month to make significant progress or have their contracts revoked.
Managing Director of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, operators of the NIPP, Mr. James Olotu, stated these while conducting journalists round some of the completed NIPP projects, including three injection sub-stations in Lagos Tuesday.
Olotu, who assured Nigerians that President Goodluck Jonathan’s commitment to deliver power to Nigerians was real, further disclosed that at least two newly-completed NIPP projects would be inaugurated monthly across the country from now till December.
He stated that few contractors, whose pace of work and quality of work were below expectation had been
identified, but added that the Chairman of the NIPP, Vice-President Namadi Sambo, had given the affected contractors one month ultimatum to make significant progress or face sanction.
“We have identified a few whose performances are below expectations, but my chairman has given them up to June to make significant progress or face sanction. I want to use this opportunity to appeal to other contractors whose pace is lower than expected and whose quality is lower than expected to go back to site and make significant progress,” he said.
Olotu stated that subject to the availability of gas supply, the NIPP would inject at least 1,000mw to the national grid by December, adding that the turbines were coming on stream.
He noted that he was privy to actions being taken by the Ministries of Petroleum; Power and Finance to address the gas supply challenges, adding that the problem was being solved holistically.
“I am not talking about Nigeria’s entire power generation because I am not the Minister of Power; but I am talking about the capacity which the NIPP is going to inject,” he said.
“In Olorunsogo right now, we have over 600mw but over 500mw of that is stranded because there is no gas. In Sapele, we have two units already and the third unit is coming on stream in the next one month but only one unit can be fired because there is no gas. Omotosho Phase 2 is coming up right now with 70mw but that may mean that one or two units of Omotosho Phase 1 may be switched off just to enable Phase 2 to come on stream. The reason is that if you don’t commission a particular project, the contractor will continue to milk you dry and it is not their fault that there is no gas,” he said.
The NIPP boss also stated that Geregu Power Station Phase 2, which is an NIPP plant, would be completed to inject 434mw to the grid by December, subject to gas supply, while the Alaoji Power Station would come on stream by early next month.
He however stated that the problem of inadequate gas supply would be resolved by the end of the year.