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In its bid to meet the Federal Government’s aspiration to achieve the nation’s short and long term electricity target, the NNPC and its Joint Venture partner reiterated its commitment to ensure adequate provision of power supply to Nigerians and elimination of gas flaring, this was made known by the Group Managing Director, NNPC, Mr. Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo during his fact finding visit to NNPC/Agip Joint Venture Kwale/Okpai Independent Power Plant (IPP) and Obiafu-Obrikom Gas Plant.

Barkindo, said that his visit to the plant on the eve of the nation’s 49th independence anniversary was symbolic and epitomized the commitment of President Shehu Yar’adua’ administration to adequate power provision for Nigerians. The Group Managing Director said that NNPC and its Joint venture partner, the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) were working assiduously together to ensure that the Federal government achieves its goal.

He commended NAOC, the operator of the projects for doing a great job. He applauded its clean development mechanism (CDM) in operating the Okpai IPP, which is currently generating 480 Megawatt daily. “The Okpai power plant symbolized an emergency response to the nation’s need for adequate power supply, this plant was commissioned in April 2005 and since that time it has experienced a lot of challenges’’ the GMD pointed out.

The visit he explained was to deal with these challenges as soon as possible to enable NNPC /Agip JV commence the second phase of the power plant.

He said that by embarking on the Okpai plant project, Agip has identified itself as a dependable partner in the elimination of gas flaring and therefore reduction in the carbon emission, a move which would earn the Joint Venture some carbon credit. He also used the opportunity to applaud the good cordial relationship between NAOC and Okpai /Obiafu-Obrikom NNPC/AGIP JV TO COMMENCE 2ND PHASE OF KWALE-OKPAI IPP SOON Communities and also the peaceful environment maintained therein for smooth operations.

The Okpai power plant project is located in Okpai, Ndokwa East local Government Area of Delta state about 10 kilometers from Nigeria Agip Oil Company gas plant in Kwale, from where the gas is being sourced from through an 18Km pipeline to power the turbines.

The project which started in 2003 was commissioned in 2005. However, commercial operations began seven months later. It consists of an integrated combined circle electric power generation plant for the production of 480MW made of two gas turbines and one steam turbine. The plant also boasts of an overhead 130KV transmission line, 54 kilometers in length and is connected to the national grid at Obosi, near Onisha PHCN power substation in Anambra State.

The second phase of the project when completed would bring the plant’s total output to 1000 Megawatts.