By Emmanuel Adeleke
Transafam Power Limited, a subsidiary of Transcorp Group, has announced the completion of the rehabilitation of its Afam 5 GT Unit 20 Gas Turbine power-generating unit located at Okoloma –Ndoki, in Oyigbo Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The rehabilitated unit, which has been successfully commissioned and synchronized to the national grid, will add an additional 138MW to its existing capacity.
While speaking at the inauguration ceremony on Monday, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO),Transafam Power Limited, Engr. Vincent Ozoude, expressed his delight on the newly rehabilitated unit, which is able to power up to 100,000 homes in a year.
“Since the administrative handover of the Afam Power Plant in March 2021, we have been working diligently to realise the full potential of the plant. We are pleased to have successfully completed the rehabilitation of GT20, having been out of service for over 15 years prior to our takeover.
“We are glad to have achieved this feat, using a combination of our in-house resources and other local technical support, with about 20% of foreign expert support in the rehabilitation project, showing our commitment to local content development.
“It is impressive how far we have come from 48MW average generation, when we took over, to raising production to 120 MW generation within the first two months,” Ozoude said.
Ozoude also expressed appreciation to the company’s host community, Okoloma-Ndoki, and other stakeholders.
Also, the President and Group CEO of Transcorp, Dr. Owen Omogiafo, who was accompanied by the members of the Technical Committee of the Board of Directors, could not hold back her joy at the commissioning of the rehabilitated Afam 5 GT 20 power generating unit, stressing its significance to Transcorp Group and the company’s commitment to transforming the power sector in Nigeria.
“Our purpose at Transcorp Group is to improve lives and transform Africa, one investment at time. We are pleased at the progress we are making to expand access to electricity in Nigeria through our investments in the power sector.
“You cannot achieve sustainable economic transformation without reliable power supply. It is that understanding that has led us at Transcorp, under the leadership of our Group Chairman, Mr. Tony O. Elumelu, CFR, to invest in the power sector. We are happy with the progress we are making in our power plants and strive to continue to optimise our available generation capacity, with improved gas supply, which has become increasingly challenging.
“We will also continue to build our local capacity by investing in human capital development and positive engagement with our host communities and stakeholders,” Omogiafo said.
Transcorp Group had in 2013, through its power subsidiary, Transcorp Power Limited (TPL), acquired the 972MW gas-fired Ughelli Power Plant, which has since phenomenally transformed. With the acquisition of Afam Power Plc, Transcorp has cemented its position as a key player in the power sector.
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