By Adibe Emenyonu Benin City
To expand its capacity base to generate more electricity in Nigeria, the management of Sapele Power Plant has said it has put the necessary machinery in place to recover the plant’s installed capacity of 1,020MW and at the same time inject new generation capacity of 1000MW within the next five years.
The Sapele power plant which was built from 1978 – 1982 has an installed capacity of 1,020MW but presently generates 150MW before it was privatised in February 2014 and sold to a private initiative, Eurafric Group,
Managing Director (Downstream) of the plant, Mr. Onoriode Odjeba, who made the disclosure during a stakeholders’ workshop with host communities in Sapele, said the expansion would come in two forms: recovery of installed capacity and introduction of new generation capacity
He said the management of the power plant, the second largest power plant built before it was privatized, has a plan to inject an additional 1000MW in the next five years in addition to refurbishing of selected turbines of 300MW as well as purchase of new Gas’s turbine to bring an addition 900MW of its lost capacity.
Odjeba further disclosed that one of the means they intend to achieve this capacity expansion would be the installation of gas turbine on badges.