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Azura Power Turbine Connects To National Grid

Azura power plant. Another feather to Nigeria cap

Azura Power’s first turbine was yesterday  synchronised to the national grid and  commenced production of  electricity for distribution across the country.


The event marks the start of a four-month period of intensive commissioning of the 459MW Azura-Edo IPP located in Benin City, Edo State,which comprised  three Siemens turbines.

Each of the turbines is capable of producing 153MW.

A statement from the company on Wednesday, said the first  synchronised turbine will undergo a battery of tests over the coming five weeks.

Tests on the second turbine will begin at the end of January 2018, with the tests on the third turbine commencing at the beginning of March 2018, the statement added, while the  commissioning process will then conclude at the end of April 2018 when the plant is scheduled to reach full commercial operations.

The plant will produce over 100,000 megawatt hours of electricity which will be sold by the National Bulk Electricity Trading PLC (“NBET”) to the country’s distribution companies During this four-month commissioning period.

Speaking on the development, Deputy Managing Director, Mr Edu Okeke, expressed his pleasure that the commissioning process will start before Christmas: “This festive season is one of the peak periods for electricity consumption in Nigeria and it is a source of real pride for Azura that we were able to bring our first turbine onto the Grid before Christmas Day.”

The statement said the  Ministers of Power and Finance, and their respective Permanent Secretaries, have provided unstinting moral support for the project; whilst His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Edo State, has constantly challenged the project team to  work  assiduously.

“The success, to date, of the project is also a reflection of the close cooperation and strong and consistent support that it has received from the three local communities of Ihovbor, Orior-Osemwende; and Idunmwowina and from the palace of His Royal Majesty, the Oba of Benin.

“Whilst there is still some way to go and challenges to overcome, the project’s management team is confident that all parties will continue to work together to enable the power plant to reach full commercial operations well ahead of schedule

The project, whose construction began in January 2016 was anticipated to reach completion in December 2018. But with the vast bulk of the work already completed, the project is currently more than 7 months ahead of schedule. It has also become a standard-bearer for good health and safety practices, having clocked up more than 4 million man-hours of work without a single lost-time injury.

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