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NDPHC boss says gas major challenge to power plants

NDPHC boss says gas major challenge to power plants

James Olotu, managing director, Niger Delta Power Holding Company of Nigeria (NDPHC), said that shortage of gas was constituting a major challenge to the new power plants in the country.

Olotu made the observation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday.

He said that the new power plants would boost electricity generation in the country.

NDPHC, owners of the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP), are saddled with the responsibility of building power plants to boost power supply in the country.

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Olotu said that effort was being made by the ministry of petroleum to ensure that some of the new power plants were adequately supplied with gas.

“Gas has been a major challenge to some of the NIPP projects, but we have been assured by the minister of petroleum resources that the challenge would be surmounted.

“The challenge is there, but we are going to overcome it; the project has started yielding fruit by pumping power into the system.

“The gas is not enough, but we have been assured that more gas will come into the turbines to push more electricity supply to the people”, Olotu said.

Olotu said that gas had been a major issue in Omotosho and Olorunsogo power plants and this was gradually being addressed.

He said that Omotosho Power Plant II had been completed, but had not been handed over to the ministry due to the ongoing cleaning-up and check by the contractor.