The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has taken the next move to intervene in the perennial electric power supply challenge in Maiduguri, Borno State.
This followed the execution of the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) and Equipment Procurement contracts by the Corporation, for a 50Megawatts (MW) Emergency Power Project in Maiduguri.
The project which a statement today, August 18 by the Corporation” spokesman, Garba Deen Muhammad said is an integral part of ongoing efforts to deepen its domestic gas utilisation plan for the nation’s socio-economic growth, has China Machinery Engineering Company (CMEC) as the EPC contractor while General Electric (GE) is the equipment manufacturer.
The statement said that at the contract signing event which held virtually, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari, said that 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 that 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 5Gigawatts (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.”
This was even as the Vice President of GE Africa & Europe, Raisin Brice, said that the company is committed to working with NNPC to achieve success in the Maiduguri Emergency Power Project.
He promised to tap into the vast experience of the NNPC in the country to deliver on the project. Similar support and commitment were echoed by 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.