The Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has renewed the power generation licence for the Afam VI Power Plant, which has a capacity of 650MW.The Shell Petroleum Development Company Joint Venture (SPDC JV) has injected over 24.16 million MWh of electricity into the Nigerian grid between inception in 2008 and 2016.
According to THISDAY, NERC's commissioner, legal, licensing and compliance, Dafe Akpeneye, described the SPDC JV as a committed partner in the country’s power sector.
"We hope for greater efficiency and improved operations from Afam VI in the next 10-year phase of your operations just as we look forward to working together to resolve some of the challenging issues in the power sector," Akpeneye said.
The joint venture’s general manager of gas, Dr. Philip Mshelbila, said: “Here's a power plant with a dedicated gas plant operating with high uptime generating clean and efficient power from the combined cycle of three gas and one steam turbines.”
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On a different note, Mshelbila touched on the challenges of debt, power evacuation and off-take, which he said prevented the plant from delivering optimally at 15% of the total national grid-connected electricity.
Afam VI uses combined cycle gas turbine technology that burns 40% less gas than plants using older open cycle technologies, which also contributes significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
The power plant is reported to have supplied approximately 12% of the nation's grid-electricity in 2016.
Built with the most efficient technology in the industry and utilising waste heat energy from the gas turbine exhaust, the plant generates an additional 200MW from the steam turbine without consuming any additional gas, thereby considerably reducing its carbon footprint.
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