Kainji, Jebba hydro power plants achieve 820MW peak milestone, as Mainstream targets 1040MWs

Oredola Adeola

The operator of the Kainji and Jebba Hydropower plants, Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited, has disclosed that the two major electricity power plants are currently contributing an average 820MWs daily to the national grid, promising to upscale it to 1040MWs when it completes the ongoing installation of units 1G3 & 1G4.

This was revealed in a statement obtained by EnergyDay in a statement released by Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited (MESL), the long-term concessionaire of Kainji and Jebba Hydro Power Plants (HPP).

EnergyDay’s check on the Nigerian System Operator(NSO) database showed that the Jebba hydro plant generated 408MWs while the Kainji Hydro plant generated 409MWs as of 11 am on Friday, September, 23,2022.  11:00 hrs on 23/09/2022.

The two hydro plants have a combined installed capacity of 1338.4 MW.Kainji power station has a design generating capacity of 960 megawatts (12 X 80 megawatts) base load but only eight (consisting of 4 X 80 megawatts Kaplan type turbines and 2 X 120 megawatts propeller type turbines with a total generating capacity of 760 megawatts baseload) emanating from  twelve installed turbines.

Jebba Hydro Power Plants (HPP) total generating capacity of 578 MW baseload.   As of the period of filing this report, Shiroro dam in Kaduna is not operational due to technical challenges.

According to the Mainstream Power, the 800MWs feat it has achieved, has seen Nigerians attest to an increase in supply.  The company revealed that it will continue to power homes and businesses with the determination of constantly being the recognized performance leader in the power industry.

EnergyDay further check on the SO’s data showed that there are 20 operational power plants across the country, as of Firday, September, 2022.

They include  Alaoji NIPP (gas) 106.40MW, Azura-Edo(gas) 408MW, Dadinkowa G.S(hydro) 39.80MW, Delta(gas) 361MW,  Egbin (Steam) 487.MW,  Geregu NIPP (gas) 91MW, Ibom Power(gas) 25.20MW,  Ihovbor NIPP (gas) 106.50MW.

Others are  Odukpani NIPP (gas) 308.60MW,  Okpai (gas/steam) 403MW , Olorunsogo (gas) 69.50MW, Omoku (gas) 48.90MW,  Omotosho (gas) 64.10MW, Omotosho NIPP (gas) 96.70MW,  Paras Energy(Gas) 33.10MW,  Rivers IPP (GAS) 90MW, Sapele (steam) 43MW, Trans-Amadi(gas) 59.80 with a total of 3,658.60MW electricity generated.

Engr. Sule Ahmed, Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN had recently attributed the grid improvement to  Abdulaziz to aggressive grid expansion and improvement in water in the dams.