April 21, 2024

“Geometric power plant in Aba sets to generate, distribute 188MW of electricity starting August

Oredola Adeola


The 188-megawatt Geometric Power plant being constructed at the Osisioma Industrial Layout in Aba, Abia State is scheduled for commissioning in August, this is according to a statement by Professor Bart Nnaji, Chairman, of Geometric Power.


The former Power Minister in the statement said that the power generation project commences with one of its four General Electric brand turbines. He added that Aba Integrated Power Project, is the only electricity company in Nigeria that generates and also distributes power.


According to him, the Aba Integrated Power Project will serve as a marvel of modern engineering, the first of its kind in Nigeria, as it comprised a 141 MW gas-fired power plant, a 27km gas pipeline, and a distribution network that spanned the city of Aba.


He said, “The second will come on stream once the performance of the first turbine is declared satisfactory by the team of engineers led by KSE Energy of Turkey and Engineer Ben Caven, a former executive director of the National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) reputed to be the only person to have run the generation, engineering and transmission divisions of the state-owned utility.


“The generation of electricity from the Geometric Power plant will be a game changer in the socio-economic development of not just Aba city but nine out of the 17 local government areas in Abia State serviced by Aba Power, a member of Geometric group”, Nnaji declared.


“We have completed building four brand new power substations and refurbishing three substations inherited from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), in addition to providing thousands of kilometres of cables and wires, as well as world-class tubular poles available in only highly industrialised cities such as Tokyo in Japan and San Francisco in California.


“All that remains now is to provide fuel or gas to the Geometric Power plant through the 27-kilometre gas pipeline from Owaza in Ukwa West LGA in Abia State to the Osisioma Industrial Layout on the Aba outskirts.


“Oilserv, Nigeria’s foremost indigenous gas pipeline builder, is doing a good job”.


Professor Nnaji further disclosed that though work has been completed on the seven sub-stations, thousands of kilometers of wires as well as tubular poles, the power infrastructure will be put in use only when the Geometric Power plant becomes operational.