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).
“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.