In an effort to expand its capacity to generate more electricity in Nigeria, the management of Sapele power plant has said it has put all machinery in place to recover the plant’s installed capacity of 1,020MW and inject new generation capacity of 1,000MW within the next five years.
The Sapele power plant which was built between 1978 and 1982 has installed capacity of 1,020MW but, at present, generates only 150MW before it was privatised in February 2014 and sold to a private company, Eurafric Group.
The Managing Director (Down Stream) of the plant, Mr. Onoriode Odjeba, who made the disclosure during a stakeholders’ workshop with host communities in Sapele, said the expansion would come in two formats: recovery of installed capacity and introduction of new generation capacity.
He said the management of the power plant, being the second largest power plant built before it was privatised, has a plan to inject an additional 1000MW in the next five years in addition to refurbishing of selected turbines of 300MW as well as purchase of new gas’s turbine to bring an addition 900MW of its lost capacity.
Odjeba further disclosed that one of the means they intend to achieve this capacity expansion would be the installation of gas turbine on badges.