The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Mr Chiedu Ugbo, has disclosed that its four gas turbines installed at 504MW capacity are lying idle at Ogorode Power Generation Company, Sapele, Delta State.
Ugbo, who disclosed this to members of the House Representatives Committee on Power who visited the plant on Tuesday, described the facility as “a very good power plant, well-engineered, well-constructed, you can see the space, it is world class”.
He lamented that though the power station “is functioning very well but unfortunately we have frequent starts and stops as a result of dispatch instructions from National Control Centre (NCC), Oshogbo.
“So we only generate when they ask us to generate. They are in charge of the whole network transmission system reliability”.
The boss of NDPHC, Nigeria’s largest power company, explained: “We have 504 megawatt lying idle here and by so doing we are losing revenue because as you can see the staff are idle waiting when they will call up for generation.
“These turbines are made to run non-stop unless when they are out for maintenance or they have unplanned outage, unplanned repairs that we have to do”.
Mr Ugboh noted however that the Presidential Power Initiative is finding solution these challenges.
According to him, “The Presidential Power Initiative with the Semen project, they will come and clean up the network for the distribution.
“Once the network is cleaned up, we can start generating the idle power, so it is a very good initiative.
“The four gas turbines installed capacity will give you about 504MW, operation depends on the temperature, so at the worst temperature we will probably do 450MW.
“We also have gas constraint, everything is not just about transmission but we will be able to get gas to run at least two units which should at least give us 250MW and we can push out 200MW in a day.
“There is an ongoing effort like I said, I do not operate distribution but I have countless distribution projects. In fact under this administration alone we have done well over 80 distribution projects around the country”, he declared.
Speaking during the inspection visit, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Power, Rep. Mogaji Aliyu pledged that the National Assembly would collaborate with the executive to ensure that the challenges facing the power plant was addressed to ensure Nigerians get quality power supply.
Aliyu told journalists that the visit was to get first hand information of the challenges facing the power plant.
“This is one of the NIPP Projects in Nigeria and I am highly impressed with what I saw, we have heard of their challenges in terms of evacuation, certainly something will be done about that.
“That is why we are here. We have been reading about it, we have been hearing about it now we have seen by ourselves.
“We have gone to almost four power plants now, like this one has about 500 megawatt capacity, we have seen the Azura, we have seen the other ones they will give you about 2,000 megawatt capacity put together.
“Every day we are below 3,000MW capacity so we have to find out whether it is the TCN or whether it is the DisCos who have refused to take power.
“Already this plant now is shut down, I do not understand why it should be shut down we have call the system operator at the Oshogbo National Grid and we have discussed.
“TCN has obsolete infrastructure that has to be revamped. Even Discos are refusing to take power because of what they call load rejection, government has given them good tariff now, they must invest.
“We received a lot of complain from the Orodje of Okpe kingdom, one of the paramount rulers in Delta State during our courtesy call in his palace that the activities of BEDC left much to be desired and told us that they should work on the infrastructure”, he stated.