The Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mallam Mele Kyari, has assured Sahara Power Group of the corporation’s sustained and elevated gas supply to the group’s 1320 megawatts Egbin Power Plant in Lagos.
A statement by Sahara Group quoted Kyari to have given the assurance during his recent courtesy visit to Egbin Power Plc.
He also commended Sahara Group, saying the ongoing transformation of Egbin, Africa’s largest thermal plant, was indicative of the quality of expertise and huge investment injected into the plant since its take-over by Sahara.
“It’s an immense privilege to be here and see the progress at Africa’s biggest thermal plant. I’m not surprised by the obvious quality of operational activities and the value addition since take-over by the Sahara Group.
“NNPC will continue to be the major stakeholder for this venture and assures Egbin Power of Sustained and eventually elevated gas supply to the facility. We will support this venture maximally,” Kyari said.
Sahara Group is Africa’s largest private power business with operations in the generation and distribution value chain of the sector.
In his remarks, the Executive Director, Sahara Group, Mr. Temitope Shonubi, who received the NNPC GMD and his entourage, said Sahara greatly treasures the privilege to serve and bring energy to life through the power sector.
He said the milestones achieved by the group since 2013 has emboldened it to spearhead innovative solutions that will further make power generation and distribution seamless, efficient and sustainable.
“Running the iconic Egbin Power and achieving the milestones we have recorded since 2013 has emboldened Sahara to spearhead innovative solutions that would further make power generation and distribution seamless, efficient and sustainable.
“We commend the NNPC for its unwavering support and we are particularly delighted with the transformation the GMD has brought to the corporation,” Shonubi said.
He said plans to increase the 1,320MW installed capacity at Egbin Power are ongoing, noting that it is a process that will involve renewable solutions in line with Sahara’s commitment to the sustainability of the environment and its resources for the benefit of future generations.
Sahara Power Group is working towards increasing its generation capacity to over 2,000MW in Nigeria, while also seeking opportunities to invest across Africa to achieve its vision of “lighting up Africa”.
Shonubi, who is also the Chairman of Egbin Power, joined Kyari to plant a tree and led him on a ride in an electric buggy, round the plant.