… Like Paradise City, Calabar has 100 MW
… To improve the structure of the eligible customer
By Chris Ochayi
The management of Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPHC, disclosed that the company has entered into a bilateral agreement with the Republic of Togo to supply the country with 70 Megawatts, MW, of electricity under the Energy Purchase Agreement, PPA.
The NDPHC, which said that the expected energy export would be generated from its Calabar Power plant under the NIPP program, also revealed that discussions are underway with other potential customers in Calabar, such as Paradise City, where they are willing to take 100 MW from the plant.
The Executive Director, Generation, Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPHC, Engr. Kassim Abdullahi, made the disclosure weekend, during the inspection of the Calabar Plant in Odukpani, Cross River State.
The plant, which is wholly owned by NDPHC under the NIPP program, has five units (gas turbines) with a total projected capacity of around 600 Mega Watts.
Engr. Abdullahi, speaking shortly after the inspection, described the plant as one of the best among NDPHC plants with uninterrupted availability of gas and a good dispatch network.
He said the company already has a power purchase agreement to supply 70 MW of energy to the West African nation – Togo from the plant and is under discussion to supply another 100 MW to Paradise City in Calabar.
According to him, “Calabar is one of our best plants under NDPHC and is one of the plants with good gas supply, where we have a GSA with ACCU Gas. The Power Station also has a good dispatch network and also some eligible customers ”
“We are here for our continuous inspection as part of the routine maintenance we do at all of our plants. Calabar is currently operating with two units. In the morning, there were three units available and on the network, but because of the instability and some frequency controls, we had to shut down one unit ”.
“The other two units are undergoing routine maintenance on the transformer’s lubricating oil system and are also undergoing a borescope inspection on the engines.”
“Calabar is doing very well. We have gas, we have a good dispatch network. One of the best”.
He mentioned that when all units are firing, the Calabar plant has a total capacity of 560 MW of available power for dispatch.
He revealed that the Eligible Client structure “is one of the key reliefs for the energy sector that we have here in Nigeria. More especially, most of the power plants that we have at the NDPHC today are limited in their operations because of dispatch challenges.
“We are hardly making full capacity because of network constraints, but with the structure of the eligible customer, we are able to initiate some serious initiatives and commitments with buyers willing to use our energy.
“Calabar is one of the plants where we have a bilateral agreement with Togo, with a PPA to supply around 70MW and there are also discussions going on with other potential customers in Calabar like Paradise City, where they are willing to sell 100 MW.
“This is the way to go, we are working tirelessly to get more eligible customers to ensure that the available idle energy that we have in most plants is dispatched.”
Also speaking, the Director of Operations at Calabar Power Plant-Engr. Oyewale Olugbenga John noted that the plant remained the best through support from NDPHC management and the plant’s good operation and maintenance team.
“Even with many challenges, we are able to overcome them because of the cooperation between them and us. With the experience we have acquired over time at other plants, we are able to keep the plant running due to the existing cooperation in the O&M team, ”he added.
He thanked the company’s management for supporting the team, saying “every time we want something from them, they quickly send it to us and allow us to move forward”.
He revealed that at the time of inspection, when two units were operating, the plant was sending 225 MW to the national grid for frequency control.
Engr. Abdullahi was accompanied on the visit by Engr. M.D Dauda Head, O&M and Engr. Yusuf Labaran DGM Gas among others who form the Technical Team, as well as the Communication and PR team.