Egbin Power Plc is set to increase generation capacity to 1,320 Megawatts (MW) from its current strength of 1,100MW by the end of February, the Group Managing Director (GMD) Sahara Power Group (SPG), Kola Adesina, has declared. Adesina, who made this revelation in Lagos, during the SPG’s Graduate Engineering Programme (GEP) induction, noted that even though evacuation still stands at 543MW due to challenges of transmission evacuation, the company is working to ensure this new capacity is achieved by the end of this month. According to him, the plan is to increase the generation of Egbin Power to about another 1900MW and at the risk of the plant not to deploying all due to challenges of gas supply and transmission evacuation.
Adesina explained that the new technology deployed for the increment is a combined circle power plant which uses less gas, and produces more energy than the current plant. Describing the firm’s relationship with gas suppliers to be at the exploration level, the SPG boss stated that the firm is still looking at ways gas can be supplied to achieve the 1320 MW by the target period. Speaking on the essence of the training programme, he said it was important as an enterprise to up-skill and re-skill as well as recruit to maintain a strong human capital, which for them is the standpoint of efficiency and productivity.
The 26 weeks programme which is to hold at the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), is believed to cover operations in steel and gas turbine plants with a high focus on the field and hands-on training to last 16 weeks, and classroom modules to run for 10 weeks. Adesina charged the 39 inductees to come up with cost-efficient ways of reducing electricity rate as well as better mechanisms to close the trust gap between the service providers and the customers and consumers of electricity in Nigeria due to estimated billing.
Sahara Power Trains 39 Engineers – Punch
Sahara Power Group has commenced a training programme for 39 young engineers as part of efforts to develop local capacity in the power sector. It said the 2019 Sahara Power Group Graduate Engineering Programme had been designed to boost human capital development and facilitate the seamless transfer of knowledge in the sector. The training will be facilitated by instructors from the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria and experts at Sahara Power with focus on Nigerian and global power sector issues, exposure to hands-on rotational assignments, strategic technical projects and leadership skills. Sahara Power Group comprises Egbin Power Plc, Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company and First Independent Power Limited, Rivers State.
According to the statement, most of the technical training sessions will be held at Egbin Power and First Independent Power Limited. The Group Managing Director, Sahara Power Group, Mr Kola Adesina, said the company had since 2014 recruited over 130 graduate engineers in line with its commitment to youth empowerment and local capacity development in the power sector. He said, “The GEP is a crucial aspect of our strategy as a global business with a focus on innovation and human capital development. We are committed to expanding the depth of our training programs through ongoing investment and collaboration with regional and global organisations.”