By Racheal Ishaya
Abuja – The Concessionaire managing the Kainji and Jebba Hydro Power plants said the cumulative power generation capacity of the plants have increased from 582 megawatts (MW) per day in 2013 to 922MW in 2019.
Mr Siraj Abdullahi, the Executive Director of Mainstream Energy Solutions, said this on Thursday in Abuja at the the First Quarter Consultative Forum on Public Private Partnerships (PPP).
The Forum was organised by the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC).
Mashi stated that the plants currently generate an average of 20 per cent of Nigeria’s power.
“We took possession of the Kainji and Jebba Hydro Power Plants in November 2013 at a time when the total capacitiy of both plants was 582MW.
“During the process of taking over these hydro power plants, we made a commitment to the Federal Government, to recover and restore the plants to their capacity of 1,338.4MW.
“Today, in spite of the serious challenges facing the electricity supply industry, you will be glad to know that we are at 69 per cent recovery.
“Our plants now have the generation capacity of 922MW,” he said.
Mashi said that since Mainstream Energy took over the power plants it had made technical improvements on their operations.
Some of the improvements he mentioned at Jebba included rehabilitation of eroded banks of spillway channel, fabrication of new draft tube gate, overhaul on plant generating unit 2G4 and installation of new pipping cranes.
At the Kainji plant, he said the company had repaired the leakages in some of the turbines, installed more control panel and cables arrangement of open pit pumps amongst others.
The Executive Director said that the company was working to increase its capacity further so that it can begin to export energy to other west African countries.
He said also that the company plans to invest in solar and wind energy in order to further boost its power generation capacity.
Mashi said the company had many challenges and the major one was the accumulated overdue payment of N73 billion by the Federal government.
In addition, he said that when the dollar was devalued from N198 to the present rate of N306 to a dollar, it affected the amount the company now pays as Concession fees. (NAN)