April 15, 2024

Sahara Group’s FIPL signs 25-year contract with GE for gas turbine maintenance until 2031

FIPL’s Afam Power Plant

Oredola Adeola


First Independent Power Limited (FIPL), a Sahara Group company, has signed a long-term contract with General Electric (GE) for the maintenance of its GT13E2 Gas Turbine, located at the FIPL Afam Power Plant, until 2031.



The contract signing ceremony was a hybrid event seen by EnergyDay on Monday.



According to him, the strategic partnership was signifying a major milestone in FIPL’s mission to provide reliable and efficient power generation to Nigerians.



Dr. Kenechukwu Nwangwu, FIPL’s CEO, led the FIPL team comprising the Chief Corporate Services Officer, Olurotimi Famoroti, Chief Finance Officer, Obafemi Abidoye and other members of the management team to put pen to paper alongside their GE counterparts.


Dr.  Nwangwu, FIPL’s CEO speaking on the importance of the strategic partnership, said, “This alliance with GE not only strengthens our commitment to providing reliable power solutions but also reaffirms our dedication to embracing cutting-edge technologies and industry best practices.



“Together, we will continue to drive sustainable growth and contribute to a cleaner future,” he said.



The CEO added that collaboration between FIPL and GE, promises more efficiency, availability, and overall sustainability of the gas turbine. “This will also ensure more stability to the National grid and give more electricity to Nigerians,” he stated.



Kenneth Oyakhire, Managing Director Services, GE Vernova’s Gas Power in Sub-Saharan Africa, described the partnership as one that would transform power generation in Nigeria in line with GE’s pledge to deliver a sustainable and energy-efficient future.



Oyakhire said, “We are delighted about this alliance with FIPL and look forward to the resultant positive impact on the power generation landscape, as both companies combine their expertise and resources to drive innovation and efficiency.”



EnergyDay gathered that the natural gas for the operation of the FIPL’s Afam Power Plant, located in Oyigbo LGA of Rivers State is supplied from Shell Nigeria.



A relatively small Afam community is a power generation hub playing host to 4 power plants.