NNPC plans three power plants to generate 4,600MW in Abuja, Kaduna, Kano

Group Managing Director, GMD of NNPC, Maikanti Baru (right), with Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, during a visit to NNPC, on Tuesday in Abuja.

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation says it is planning to construct three power plants to generate about 4,600 megawatts in the northern part of the country.

The power plants, to be located in Abuja, Kaduna and Kano, would rely on gas supplies from the proposed Ajaokuta-Abuja-Kaduna-Kano, AKK, Gas Pipeline project.

The tender for the award of contract for the pipeline was two weeks ago presented to the Executive Council of the Federation, FEC, for approval.

The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, who made the presentation to FEC, had said the pipeline would allow holistic movement of gas from the southern corridors to the northern hinterlands for increased gas utilization and power generation.

“We presently have trapped power, trapped gas, all in the southern corridors that is going nowhere because of lack of infrastructure,” he said.

Mr. Kachikwu said about 364 million cubic meters of additional gas produced through the Niger Delta would be fed into the AKK pipeline through the Odidi Pipeline Project from Warri and the Southern marshlands of the region.

On Tuesday, NNPC’s Group Managing Director, Maikanti Baru, told the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, who was on a visit to NNPC in Abuja, that the power plant projects would be in partnership with private investors.

“As part of the drive to establish power plants to augment the power supply to the country, the Federal Executive Council, FEC, recently approved the AKK Gas Pipeline project to be financed through public-private partnership, PPP,” Mr. Baru said.

“The project comes with other auxiliary ones, including power generation plants in Abuja, Kaduna and Kano, with 1,350 MW, 900 MW and 2,350 MW capacity respectively,” he added.

The GMD said the NNPC, in partnership with private investors, would also build fertilizer plants in some parts of the country, one of which would be located at Izzon, Niger State.

Mr. Baru told the governor that in line with the presidential mandate on oil exploration in all the frontier basins in the country, NNPC was focused on continuing its exploration programme in the Bida Basin.

“We have contracted the geological mapping of the Bida Basin to Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai and the job would be completed in three months,” the NNPC boss stated.

“Once the geological mapping is completed, the NNPC’s Integrated Data Services Limited, IDSL, would be engaged to carry out the other aspects of the seismic activities, to be completed by July 2018,” he said.

Mr. Baru said apart from going into more detailed 2D seismic data acquisition in the Bida Basin by August 2018, the corporation would follow up with an Environmental Impact Assessment, EIA, exercise, to establish the baseline, which would signify the need or otherwise for the deployment of 3D acquisition facilities.

To decongest the country’s highways, the GMD said the NNPC would encourage private investors to build tanker parking facilities around Minna Depot, Suleja Depot, Tegina, Mokwa, among others, and charge the users of the facility appropriately.

Mr. Baru explained that talks were currently ongoing with the Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing to re-introduce weight bridges on the highways to check loading by tankers above the recommended 46,000 tons gross weight.

On its part, he said the NNPC had already directed all its petroleum products depots nationwide to stop loading tankers with loading capacity above 40,000 litres.

Responding, Governor Bello said his team was at NNPC to get first-hand information on its plans on oil exploration in the Bida Basin and to also solicit the corporation’s support for finding alternative parking space for tankers along the highways and communities in the state.


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  • Kenechi Casmir

    Concentrate Development on the North with Resources from the South…Who’s fooling who

    • solidarity

      i weep for this administration

  • share Idea

    Northern Network Production Company (NNPC) have spoken, let the conquered Southern Slaves clap for them. APC, the confused and propaganda party

    • solidarity

      u have spoken welll..’concentrate all your effort in the North’

    • Usher- Join The Revolution

      Ah!! Thanks for educating me that APC formed NNPC!!

  • wazobia decomposition !!!!!!

    waste pipes ……….. can’t manage refineries,na power station unor go fit? chop and quench united ………….

  • Roland

    Nigeria is one. It does not matter the location of the proposed projects. Let us commend the government efforts while condemning past administrations unprecedented assault on our treasury

    • Say the truth

      Whenever it comes to sharing others resources Nigeria is one.

      • Usher- Join The Revolution

        Lol…. you sound angry though!

    • MP-001* [Joint Chief]

      What a pile of shyte, the location matters if the citing of projects is proven to be disproportionate

  • Isyaku Muhammad

    Congratulations to Nigerians for additional power they are going to have.

    • Opene Ogeme

      Northern Nigerian Petroleum Corporation. Buhari wants to use money earned from oil in the Niger Delta to build power plants in the North powered with gas from the Niger Delta. $1bn for NE from excess crude account. Sarduana’s regional agenda is under full implementation at a fast pace. One Nigeria!

  • Say the truth

    This is misplaced priority. What you need in that part of the country where the sun intensity is as high as 34 degrees is solar energy. Our country is thinking of piping gas all the the way from Niger delta to Kano. When are we going to get it right. This is madness of the highest order. This is mediocrity carried too far. Niger republic is a tiny nation which borders Nigeria but are smarter than us. The northern part of Niger rely largely on solar energy but Nigeria can’t. NNPC itself has been northernized with Hausa as the official language at their headquarters. It appears we always pacify the ND in order to siphon the oil and transport up north.

  • Gary

    Has anyone noticed that 95 percent of all NNPC projects and investments since Buhari made himself Oil Minister and Barawo Baru as GMD are concentrated in the North? This just being the latest; after Baru gave NNPC money, not out of his pocket, to the first class graduate from his Alma-mater ABU? How about the first-class graduates from other institutions in the country and what law allows an official of a public parastatal to selectively dole out scholarships on his whim and caprices?
    Meanwhile Nyesom Wike and his fellow Niger Delta Governors and National Assembly legislators are sitting around watching as their natural resource continues to be plundered for the benefit of other people and regions.
    In addition to supporting the looting of $1B from ECA to fight Boko Haram.
    In addition to the billions voted for the rebuilding of the North East from the self-inflicted Sunni Jihad.

    • Ubong

      Nothing to do witb Wike but entire highly divided southern region.

  • Lanre

    This is very good news. This means Lagos, Ibadan, Enugu, Port-Harcourt, Akure and Abeokuta all have electricity. This is the same reasoning that went to the Kaduna Refinery project when refineries could easily have been built close to the source of Crude Oil – Calabar, Uyo, Benin, Aba, Makurdi and Owerri. Governance in Nigeria is a Criminal Enterprise, seats of Government, active crime scenes.

    P.S. I wonder what Kachikwu is doing all these for. Obviously, there cannot be Slaves without Slave Traders.

  • bigbang

    We have stop using public funds to build gas power plants. This should be private sector driven. That pipeline will be busted by oil bunkerers. We should be building non gas powers plants with public money.

  • Fernando Luis

    Good morning to chibike Amechi and bunch of chicken hearted Niger Delta politicians. See how illiterate uncircumcised aboki from daura dey use Una fish brain.

    • TK

      insult OGA JONA first, who refused to bring development to any part of the country during his 6 year tenure. Atleast he should have develop Bayelsa.

      • Fernando Luis

        You are brainwashed bastard. Your Papa is not up to tissue paper in GEJ toilet

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  • Mr Integrity

    Story story…..No single project in Kano and Kaduna since the inception of this administration… all projects are in south east and south south… I hope this one is not another story.

  • TK

    Hope this is true. I am happy to read such a news. yaba kyauta tukwici