In Nigeria, officials from the country's largest power generation company, Egbin Power, on Tuesday made promises to increase electricity generation capacity at its thermal power plant by 100% by 2019.
Egbin Power chairman Kola Adesina told Premium Times that Egbin power station intends to double its electricity generation capacity to 2,670MW.
"We are planning to raise the plant's capacity by an additional 1,350MW to the existing 1320MW to become 2,670MW by 2019.
"We've started a plan now to double the capacity of the plant as well as implement a programme to make Egbin an industrial hub where companies can come in and set up their factories knowing that their businesses will be powered effectively and efficiently," he said.
Egbin thermal power plant- new management
Adesina highlighted that before privatisation, Egbin Power's thermal plant was in a terrible state, generating about 500MW, currently its producing 1,100MW.
He said poor maintenance was a contributing factor to non-functional units, commending new management for restoring the facility.
Adenisa also highlighted that ST Unit 6 was completely non-functional in the first quarter of 2015, but with new management it has been restored, now adding 220MW to the national grid.
He stated that the thermal power plant had since embarked on a feasibility study, Environmental Impact Assessment and Front End Engineering Design, and is currently processing an Engineering Procurement Contract.
Premium Times reported that Egbin has employed 107 young engineers.
New renewable energy plant on the cards
In other news, Governor Samuel Ortom announced on Tuesday that the Benue State government has given approval to a private company, as Oil Response Limited to build and operate the first integrated renewable energy plant in the state, Daily Trust reports.
Ortom highlighted that the officials for Agriculture, Trade and Investment as well as the Special Adviser on Special Duties will be partnering with the company to ensure commencement of the project.
Oil Response Limited specialises in bio-gas and organic fertiliser to provide alternative source of energy.
According to the company's director of technical operations, Didi Opuiyo, the project is estimated to cost $250 million.