FG gets $1m US grant for gas-fired plant

Nigeria will get a grant of more than $1 million from the U.S. government for technical and financial work on a power plant project in the capital Abuja, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) said on Tuesday.

The money will go towards the 1,350 megawatt NNPC-Abuja Independent Power Project plant and NNPC will work with U.S. firms GE and Continuum Associates, the USTDA and NNPC head Mele Kyari said at the Nigeria International Petroleum Summit.

In the past, government’s effort to increase the level of power generation led the  Federal Government in 2004, to incorporate the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) as a public sector funded emergency intervention scheme. The company has a mandate to manage the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) which essentially involves the construction of identified critical infrastructure in the generation, transmission, distribution and natural gas supply sub-sectors of the electric power value chain.

In the generation sub-sector, NDPHC is expected to add ten (10) new gas fired power stations to the grid some of which have already been completed and commissioned, while others are at different stages of construction in different parts of the country. In total, the NIPP power stations will add about 4,774MW of power to the national grid network after completion.

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