NNPC, others begin 50MW emergency power project in Borno
Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has intervened in the perennial electric power supply challenge in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The intervention was taken on Tuesday with the execution of the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) and Equipment Procurement contracts for the 50MW Emergency Power Project in Maiduguri.
The project, which is an integral part of ongoing efforts to deepen the Corporation’s domestic gas utilisation plan for the nation’s socio-economic growth, has China Machinery Engineering Company (CMEC) as EPC contractor, while General Electric (GE) is the equipment manufacturer.
Speaking at the contract signing event, which held virtually, the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, said the Corporation, through its subsidiary, NNPC Gas and Power Investment Company (NGPIC), decided to intervene in the Maiduguri power situation by undertaking the project, which will be fired with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and run commercially.
He said NNPC, as a state-owned oil company and enabler organisation, is determined to boost power generation and supply to Nigerian homes through increased investment in gas-fired combined cycle power plants to produce at least five Gigawatts (GW) additional power for the country.
“NNPC is, therefore, seeking the cooperation of all stakeholders, especially GE and CMEC to ensure timely delivery of the single cycle by December 2021 and the combined cycle by first quarter of 2022,” he said.
Vice President of GE Africa & Europe, Mr. Raisin Brice, said the company is committed to working with NNPC to achieve success in the Maiduguri Emergency Power Project. He noted that GE would be tapping into its vast experience in the country to deliver on the project.
Similar support and commitment were echoed by Mr. Fang Yanshui, President of CMEC, the main EPC contractor for the project.
As a mark of confidence in the Corporation, the contractors had commenced movement of vital equipment to site and started work on the project ahead of the formal signing of the contract.