By Joseph BAMIDELE
Electric Power Transformer
ABUJA-IN a bid to resolve the recurrent power supply challenge to the Port Harcourt Refinery Company, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Genesis Electricity(GEL) in partnership with General Electric (GE) have commenced the Fast-Track implementation of Gas-fired Captive Power Project(CPP) to guarantee quality and uninterrupted electric power supply to the Refinery
Speaking during a courtesy call on the Group Executive Director, Refining and Petrochemical, Engr. Anthony Ogbuigwe at the NNPC Towers Abuja, the Regional Sales Director, Middle East Africa, Cees-Jean de Maaker of GE(General Electric) affirmed the readiness of the partnership to provide reliable and qualitative electric power supply to the refinery facility.
Mr. De Maaker stated the excitement of GE to partner with a professional and competent local company such as Genesis Electricity Ltd, and he informed that GE is committed to ensuring full technical support across the spectrum of Power Plant installation, commissioning and subsequent long term management of the operations of the Genesis Electricity’s captive power plant investment.
The Chief Executive Officer of Genesis Electricity, Mr. Akinwole Omoboriowo II responded that the objective of the partnership is to provide sufficient power supply to the Port Harcourt Refinery, to guarantee efficient operations of the refinery
Mr. Omoboriowo, assured the GED of the NNPC that it has commenced the deployment of the best power technology in the world to PHRC and keep to the time frame of the arrangement.
He revealed that the GE would install power plants, operate and maintain the power plants over several years, adding that part of their obligation is to train young Engineers as well.
Responding, the Group Executive Director of Refining and Petrochemical of the NNPC, Engr. Anthony Ogbuigwe said the NNPC look forward to the day when power supply to the PHRC will be stable and expressed confidence in the ability of the public private initiative to deliver on the mandate.
He informed that the power project was close to the heart of the NNPC and implored the GE to justify the confidence reposed in them.
Other members of the team were Felix Achibiri, a Director of Genesis Electricity, Jasper Ogbonna, Vice President – Finance, Genesis Electricity, Longinus Okereke of General Electric(GE) and Amina Lawal, Asst. Legal Officer of Genesis Electricity.