General Electric (GE) has proposed to add 480MW to the current 191MW capacity of Ibom power plant using a fast track power technology, GE’s Senior Commercial Manager, Okpoyo Willie has said. Okpoyo who spoke about the project in a meeting with Ibom Power Board of Directors in Uyo, said that fast track power technology works like a ‘plug and play’ with minimal site work.
“We offer solutions ranging from our trailer-mounted compact power plant on wheels to a larger block of power like the 9E gas turbine. This modular power generation offerings can save you valuable construction and lead time as well as capital expenditures. We can deliver your temporary power units faster, install them faster, commission them faster, and can even ramp them up faster” the GE Representative said.
He said “GE’s technical team have embarked on inspection tour at Ibom power plant site in Ikot Abasi and discovered that IPC possesses the fundamental requirements for the implementation of the fast track power project,”.
Okpoyo concluded by saying that with the fast track power model, GE can provide emergency power delivery, installation and production. He said the fast track power technology was already operational in Afam power plant in Rivers state.
The Board Chairman of Ibom Power Company Limited (IPC), Engr. Etido Inyang, who received the GE delegation, said that the project was coming at a good time to make the best use of the license expansion given to Ibom Power by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
Engr. Inyang said the 480megawatts capacity for the fast track power in Akwa Ibom State will help to speedily actualize the vision of Governor Udom Emmanuel for Akwa Ibom State to be a power hub for the industrialization of the state.
The Chairman spoke further that the landmass at Ibom power plant site is adequate for the project, there is sufficient gas supply from Seven Energy while the evacuation corridor will be the 240megawatts 132kV double circuit line from Ikot Abasi to Ikot Ekpene via Ekparakwa.
Ibom Power Board of Directors attended the meeting alongside the Executive Director, GE Group, Joyce Wigwe; Senior Sales Manager, Vicent Ozoude and GE Power Lead, Goodluck Enimakpokpo.