Nigeria’s Kainji Hydro power station back on stream


Joseph BAMIDELE

ABUJA-Four days after it was shut down on account of water leakages, the Federal Government has announced that the Kainji Hydro Power Station is back on stream and delivering power to the national grid from its four available units.

The Minister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji, who made the announcement on Monday, also congratulated the team of engineers for rectifying the problem in a record time.

The minister ordered that the plant be shut down last week Thursday, to give room to investigate the excessive leakage from its dam which threatened to flood the station. Consequently, power from the four units (a combined 233MW of electricity), were cut off from the national grid.

Akinwunmi and his Kainji team for three days and restoring critical power to the nation.

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Kainji Power Plant, Mr. Yinka Akinwumi, had informed the minister on Sunday that the inspection on the four units has been completed and the plant re-streamed.

However, Akinwumi noted that there was no cause for alarm, as the problem was “normal” because the plant is old (constructed in 1968), and suffered from lack of maintenance and overhaul since it was commissioned 44 years ago.

He, therefore, expressed the hope that there will be an improvement following an ongoing World Bank programme to rehabilitate four of the turbines in the Phase 1 of a two-phased project to rehabilitate the station in order to reach its installed capacity of 760MW.

“The (World Bank) maintenance involves an ongoing retrofit of three units and overhaul of the remainder,” he said.

 


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