19th December, 2011
Chief Executive Officer of the Egbin Power Station, Mr Mike Uzoigwe, said on Sunday that the faulty plant has been restored to its full capacity.
Uzoigwe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at Egbin in Ikorodu, near Lagos, that the plant which collapsed on 13 December was now working at its full capacity, generating 1,080 megawatts of power.
NAN recalls that the nationâ€™s power generation dropped by 1,080 megawatts on 13 December due to the shutdown of the Egbin Power Station by the stationâ€™s management.
The â€œDeminerasation Plantâ€, which generates power with water, was shut down on Tuesday when it developed fault, with Uzoigwe assuring Nigerians on Thursday that the faulty power plant would commence operation within 48 hours.
â€œThe plant came up at about 5.43 on Saturday morning and all the five units in the station are now working at full capacity,â€ he told NAN.
According to him, generation currently stands at about 1,080 megawatts.
â€œGeneration is fully back and I have informed the minister of power of our present capacity generation,â€ he said.
A text message sent by Uzoigwe to the Minister of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji, and made available to NAN reads: “I wish to inform you, sir, that all our units are back in the grid.”
â€œStatus as follows: ST 01 200 MW, ST 02 165 MW, ST 03 110MW,(going up) ST 04 173 MW, ST 05 203 MW and AES 171 MW, total from our axis is 1020 MW.
â€œWe hope to have a more stable power supply during Xmas,â€ Uzoigweâ€™s message to the minister reads.
NAN confirmed during a visit to the station on Sunday that the plant was working at full capacity while a monitoring team from the Federal Ministry of Finance was seen inspecting the plant.