NERC issues OMA power 1,080mw on grid licence for power generation
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has issued an on-grid 1,080 MW generation licence to Oma Power Generation Company Limited.
The gas-fired power plant will be located at Orgwu-Ogwe, Ukwa West, in Abia state.
The ceremony took place at the Commission’s Headquarters and in attendance were the Commissioner, Legal Licensing and Enforcement, Dr Steven Andzenge and Mary Awolokun, who is heading the Engineering division as well as the company’s delegation led by the Director, Business Development and Project Finance, Tim Onomiwu.
The Chairman/Chief Executive NERC, Dr Sam Amadi described the granting of the 1080MW capacity licence as an ambitious project’’ It is an ambitious venture, but doable.
Egbin Power, which is located in Lagos, is the first generation company in history to have been issued a licence of such magnitude. It will also be recalled that the Commission recently issued licence to Zuma Energy Nigeria Limited, to operate a combined 1,200MW coal power plant in Itobe, Kogi state.
Oma Power Director, Business Development, Tim Onomiwu assured the Commission that the licence terms will be adhered to. He said that the company’s development partners, namely GE and Geometrics are at the stage of negotiating project agreement and finances and that the plant will be built in three phases.
OMA Power Project is a 3-phase green-field 1080MW facility located in Abia State, Nigeria. The first phase of the OMA Power project is a 500MW (gross) simple cycle facility driven by General Electric Frame 9 turbines which is a proven technology. It will have an option for expansion and upgrade to a 1080MW combined cycle facility in its subsequent phases. The plant will be run on natural gas and will be sourced from a manifold which is situated about 30 kilometres away from the facility. There is ample gas in this area of the country which is situated a short distance away from the Niger Delta.