FG spends N2bn monthly on Egbin power station

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FG spends N2bn monthly on Egbin power station
Written by Mohammed Shosanya, Lagos
Wednesday, 21 November 2007

The Federal government spends over N2 billion every month to run the Egbin Thermal Station, the Chief Executive Officer of the station Mr. Simeon Atakulu has said.

The Egbin Thermal Station, which has 1,320MW, is the biggest generating plant in the country.

Atakulu, who disclosed this when the Minister of State for Energy (Power), Hajia Fatima Ibrahim, paid a working visit to the station in Lagos,said inspite of the huge money invested to maintain the plant,it is still beset by operational hitches which has hampered it to deliver optimal service.

He said, currently only units 2 to 4 of the plant a working. Units 1 to 5 of the plant, he said are undergoing turn around maintenance, while units 3 to 6 are currently down due to bad water quality.

Specifically, Atakulu said the threat the station is presently facing is with the heater which he said is already rusted.

The longer it stays the heater may not be recovered because by the time they finish the work, the heater would go bad, the heater takes a period of 15months,he adds.

According to him, ‘’The danger level is time bound, but if the facilities are re-commissioned it then we will safe.

Talking about the plant facilities, Every common services has a limitation to one unit for the entire station, among the broken down facilities, is the machine, which supplies the generator, the cooling hydrogen, the importance of the machine is that once it is shut down less than half a day, the station would be shut down completely’’.

Atakulu further also identified other challenges the thermal station as the requirement for major maintenance and overhauls.

He said till date, only unit four and six have undergone major overhauls.

He also berated the low funding of the station and urged the Federal government to pay special attention to overhaul of the machines as at when due.

There is need for provision for funds to carryout a short term upgrade of the water treatment plant, upgrade of instrumentation and control equipment, overhaul of instrument air compressors, he adds.

Reacting to the situation on ground, the minister of state for energy (power), Mrs. Fatima Balarabe Ibrahim disclosedthat out of the 95 billion naira that have been approved to the power sector in the2008 budget, 95 percent of this would be put into the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) projects to help enhance the capacity and prepare the sector of the competition ahead.

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2 Responses to “FG spends N2bn monthly on Egbin power station”

  1. Dominic says:

    Hmmm … na waooo. Who will turn around our power sector? Where can we focused result-getting maniac to turn that sector around?

  2. mike says:

    They can only turn around that sector if they turn inward for engineers within the company and they use reverse engineering process. The only thing they do now is setting up uneccessary expensive contract for foreign companies to do. A contract they find dificult paying for , and equipment that takes very long lead time. This is very silly. All I will appreciate now is if thy come out and tell Nigerians that we wont have electricity for the next 10 yrs. I will be very happy because for once they will be telling the truth.

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