Akwa Ibom State-owned 586 megawatt Ibom Power Plant is to undergo routine maintenance and system upgrade that would result in its being shut down for at least 45 days.
The plant recently recorded 198 days of uninterrupted power generation, a development that aided the provision of improved power supply in many parts of the state.
Mr Meyen Etukudo, the Managing Director, Ibom Power Company, disclosed this in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, said that during the period, gas supply to the company would be disrupted adding that units would not be generating electricity.
He said, “During this period, gas supply to Ibom power plant will be disrupted and consequently our units will not be generating.”
However, he allayed the public’s concern about the lack of power supply in the state during the period of the system upgrade and maintenance adding that the National Control Center (NCC) and Odukpani power plant, Calabar will be responsible for the supply of electricity to Akwa Ibom State during the period.
According to him, the system upgrade and maintenance are necessary for safety, statutory compliance and operational effectiveness of both Ibom power plant and gas supplier.
Etukudo said during the upgrade and maintenance period, Ibom Power will restructure its operations and notify the relevant stakeholders as progress is made.
Meanwhile, the management of Ibom power company says that during the period of the system upgrade and maintenance, internal and external training will be organised for staff members.
It advised staff to identify training needs and work with the Human Resource (HR) Department to embark on such training within the period.
He said, “Those who have not taken their annual leave can use this period to embark on that leave upon obtaining appropriate internal approvals.”