According to sources close to the project, the first embedded power plant in the country which is built to generate 13.2 megawatts (MW) of electricity will be commissioned within the next two weeks. This is in accordance on the heels of the recent efforts put in place by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to ensure that the gaps in power supply in the country are bridged through embedded power generation.
According to source, it was believed that the plant is owned by First Power Limited, the lease holders on the old Ijora power station in Lagos, and has two generators with a capacity of about 7.5 MW and 5.5 MW, respectively.
The plant is believed to get its gas supply from Gaslink Nigeria Limited as a gas supply and purchase agreement (GSPA) has been entered into by both parties. The dual fuel generator (it would use both gas and diesel at different times) has a guaranteed uptime of 95 percent.
While consumers currently pay N12 per kilowatt hours, it would not be so with the embedded generation scheme because the tariff arrangement in this scheme, according to source, would be different from the prevailing tariff presently being operated by the electricity distributing companies across the country.