Shiroro Hydroelectric Power Station Plans to Construct 300megawatts (Mw) Power Plant

In its efforts to boost power supply in the country,  Shiroro Hydroelectric Power Station plans to construct a 300megawatts (Mw) photo voltaic solar power plant on the existing plant premises which was concessioned to the North- South Power Company (NSP) Limited on November 1, 2013, the firm’s Chief Technical Officer, Mr. Roland Lwiindi has disclosed.

 

He told the Post Privatisation Monitoring Team of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) that was on a monitoring exercise at the power station in Shiroro, Niger State recently that once approval was obtained from the necessary authorities, its first phase would come on stream in 2017 and it would be the first of its kind in Africa.

 

According to him, when completed the plant would add 300mega watts of electricity to the existing 600mega watts. He added that the plant was at present generating 50% of its installed capacity.

 

He noted that as a hydro powered plant, its generating capacity declines at dry seasons but that the proposed Photo Voltic Solar Facility would shore up its power generation during the off peak seasons. For the current dry season, Lwiindi said the plant would rely on the sun to make up for the short fall in power generation.

 

While stating that the management of the power plant has the requisite expertise to realize the envisaged gains of privatization, the official said Siemens Nigeria and Tetratec America were the company’s key technical partners.

 

He assured that with the infrastructural upgrade and technical expertise at the disposal of the company, the country would continue to witness improved power supply.

In his remarks, the Chief Operations Officer of the plant, Abdul-Aziz Daudu informed the BPE monitors that since takeover by the new investors, the generators and three out of the four turbines had been overhauled to boost power output from the power plant. He said plans were on to overhaul the fourth turbine.

 

He also said that work was in progress to upgrade the Excitation Systems (ES) from analogue to digital and that a new Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) has been installed for improved power generation in line with the concession agreement.

 

Leader of the BPE monitoring team, Mr. Abdullahi Shuaibu commended the management for the strides achieved since take over and noted that it was an attestation to the gains of privatision.

 

He stressed the strategic position of the Shiroro Power plant in the country’s power sector and said that it was for that reason that the Federal government decided to concession the plant instead of outright sale. “The concession approach is to prevent monopoly within the sector as this approach would leave the doors open for more players from the private sector’, he added.

 

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