The second phase of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and Nigerian Agip Oil Company’s Okpai Independent Power Plant project is projected for completion in 2019.
But, the NNPC would want the plant to be completed ahead of the 2019 projected delivery date.
The project, for which the NNPC and Agip recently inaugurated a 12-man committee to push it, will generate an additional 480 megawatts, MW, on top of the current output of the existing Phase 1 plant.
NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Mr. Maikanti Baru, said the decision by the partners to embark on the second phase of the Okpai power project was hinged on the enormous success of Okpai Phase I, which he described as the most consistent power plant in the country.
“Although it (Okpai Phase I) was meant to generate 450MW into the national grid, it is now generating an average of 300MW due to evacuation challenge. This is a significant addition to the national grid,” he said.
The NNPC Group Managing Director charged the 12-man committee to work hard and explore the possibility of delivering the project ahead of the 2019 target date, stressing that the project was very critical to the nation’s power aspirations.