Nigerian power generation firm Sapele Power has signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Cummins Cogeneration for the development of a 300MW gas-fired power plant.

The media reported that the affiliation follows after the UK-based power solutions company had previously inked yet another 300MW investment in Ghana.

The signing took place in London between Cummins Cogeneration chairman Deepak Khilnani and Anthony Onoh, chairman of Sapele Power.

Cummins tech emits less nitrogen oxide

[quote]Khilnani expressed confidence in the partnership, stating that the synergy will bring strengths and capabilities that will deliver clean and sustainable long-term energy solutions in Nigeria.

“This project will be operated using Cummins Combined Heat and Power (CHP) lean burn gas generator sets, which emit up to five times less nitrogen oxide than comparable diesel generator sets and near-zero particulate matter.

According to Khilnani, the solution offers a 48% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions compared to traditional steam turbine engines, which makes this a highly efficient and environmentally sustainable project.

The Guardian reported that at present Sapele Power operates the country’s second largest power plant with an installed capacity of about 1,020MW – capable of meeting the energy needs of around 750,000 households at full capacity.

Gas-fired plant –provide clean energy

Through this partnership, the plant will distribute electricity generated from the plant directly to Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET), thus supplying clean power to millions of homes and businesses.

Commenting on the deal, Onoh said: “We know that Nigerians have high expectations from the privatised power sector and that is why the company has a strong focus on sustainable power generation, focused on capacity recovery from its existing asset, as well as expansion from a mix of projects, which would double the plant’s installed capacity within the next three years.”

He further explained that the project will be carried out in two phases; the first phase is expected to be completed and exporting power by July 2016, and the second phase is forecast to be commissioned by December 2017.

“Upon completion, the project will supply approximately three billion kWh of electricity to the Nigerian grid per annum, which is approximately 10% of total production today. We are innovatively rising to the challenge of improving performance at our generating station; as well as integrating more renewable energy into the grid,” he said.