The 459MW Azura-Edo plant located in Benin City, Edo State, recently synchronised its first turbine to the national grid.

The turbine was synchronised to the grid on 20 December 2017 and will undergo a battery of tests over the coming five weeks.

According to the project developers Azura Power, the tests on the second turbine will begin at the end of this month, with the tests on the third turbine commencing at the beginning of March 2018.

“The commissioning process will then conclude at the end of April 2018 when the plant is scheduled to reach full commercial operations,” the company statement read.

During this four-month commissioning period, the plant is expected to produce over 100,000 megawatt hours of electricity, which will be sold by the National Bulk Electricity Trading PLC (NBET) to the country’s distribution companies.

Azura-Edo project development

The project construction began in January 2016 and was anticipated to reach completion in December 2018. Read more…

However according to the firm the project is ahead of schedule: “But with the vast bulk of the work already completed, the project is currently more than seven months ahead of schedule.

“It has also become a standard-bearer for good health and safety practices, having clocked up more than 4 million man-hours of work without a single lost-time injury.”

“The credit for this high-level performance is shared by the EPC Consortium of Siemens and Julius Berger and all the stakeholders in the project, including, amongst others: the Presidency; NBET; the Nigerian Gas Company ; the Transmission Company of Nigerian; the Federal Ministry of Power, Works & Housing; the Federal Ministry of Finance; and the Edo State government,” the company added.


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