Azura – Edo Power Plant comes on Grid with 153MW

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The 459 megawatts (MW) capacity Azura-Edo power plant which is Nigeria’s first project-financed independent power plant started generating electricity to the national grid on wednesday, following the successful completion of the first-fire on one of its generation turbines – the 153MW GT-11, and subsequent synchronisation of same to the national grid by the Transmission Company of Nigerian (TCN).

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The testing and synchronisation of the second and third turbines of the gas powered generation plant would reportedly be completed between January and March 2018,which is seven months ahead of its scheduled date of inaguration and  at that time the plant would have reached its commercial operations.

The company explained that the plant is comprised of three Siemens turbines, each of which is capable of producing 153MW and that the first turbine was synchronised to the national grid on December 20, 2017, and will undergo a battery of tests over the coming five weeks. Tests on the second turbine will begin at the end of January 2018, with the tests on the third turbine commencing at the beginning of March 2018. and that the inaguration process will then conclude at the end of April 2018 when the plant is scheduled to reach full commercial operations.

It stated that during the four-month inauguration period, the plant would produce over 100,000 megawatt hours (MWH) of electricity which will be sold by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) to the 11 electricity distribution companies (Discos).

 Speaking at the inauguration process, Azura’s Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Edu Okeke,  said that the inauguration process was on time to allow more power come to the national grid for Nigerians to celebrate the Christmas holiday.

“This festive season is one of the peak periods for electricity consumption in Nigeria and it is a source of real pride for Azura that we were able to bring our first turbine onto the grid before Christmas Day,” said Okeke.

Similarly, the General Manager, Origination, Contract Management and Administration, of NBET, Mr. Yesufu Alonge, also explained that Azura’s coming on the grid was a significant milestone for the sector and the federal government’s plan for incremental power generation in the country.

Alonge said: “Azura, being the first Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) signed by NBET and getting to operations after over seven years from the beginning of engagement, is actually getting closer to fulfilling the purpose of the contract beteween Azura and NBET and a pride for the contracting parties.

“With the successful fire that led to the attainment of Full Speed No Load (FSNL) and subsequent synchronisation of one of the three units to the grid, it shows that the whole processes have succeeded so far and 459MW will be added to the national grid to meet the government’s policy of incremental power come April 2018 when the whole plant would have been fully inaugurated.”

He also stated the development meant that government has to make it a priority to ensure that the power gets to consumers in the country.

 

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About Isaac Ademoluti 206 Articles
A Geophysicist, graduated from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA). Worked at Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), 132/33 KV Apo- Substation. Interested in the Power sector, football and loves writing.

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