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Egbin power plant will be operating at full capacity of 1,320MW by end of February, and the generated power will be delivered to Nigeria's national grid.

Sahara Power Group, which owns the plant confirmed this development on the sideline of the induction of 39 young engineers, the company recruited that will undergo a 26-week intensive training across the power industry value chain at the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) in Lagos.

The Nation quoted the company’s MD, Kola Adesina, stating: “We are working hard to ensure that we get the 1,320MW in place this February. By the end of this month, Egbin will be able to deploy to Nigerians the 1,320MW.”

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Meanwhile, NAPTIN’s acting Director-General, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode, the power sector needs consistent training activities to address the dearth of human capital in the sector. 

Nagode said it is imperative for the sector to bridge the knowledge gap by investing in its people through sustained collaboration between the public and private sector. 

According to Nagode, NAPTIN has continued to update its curriculum to provide training services that are tailored to specific needs in the power sector.

“We call on all operators to take advantage of our modules as we all work towards positioning the power sector to work effectively as the driver of the nation’s plans for economic growth and development,” he said.

Graduate engineering programme

The director of training at NAPTIN, Francis Elughi, said: “The training has four modules. The field work or hands-on-training will take 16 weeks while classroom work will start with refresher training.

The refresher training, which will last for two weeks, is to enable the inductees to have basic knowledge of the power sector as they graduated from different engineering backgrounds including electrical, mechanical and chemical engineering, among others.

“This will focus on an overview of the power system, after which the training will move to know the various components of steel and gas turbines. The second module will focus on an overview of the power system network to basic rotation and metering.”

On the training, Adesina said: “The training is essentially to reskill, up-skill, recruit. It is a process to ensure and guarantee a regular supply of electricity.”