Work Begins on 1.35GW IPP in Nigeria
The gas-fired power plant will be built in three phases.
Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu performed the ground-breaking ceremony for construction of the 350MW first phase of the gas-fired 1.35GW Gwagwalada independent power project (GIPP) in Abuja on 4 August.
The plant is being constructed by China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC) in partnership with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), with the US’ GE as the original equipment manufacturer.
The overall scope of work involves building a combined-cycle power plant with auxiliaries in three phases. On completion, the GIPP will generate an average of 10.3 million megawatt hours (MWh) a year.
NEWS FLASH:— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) August 4, 2023
PRESIDENT BOLA TINUBU KICKSTARTS @nnpclimited’s 350MW GWAGWALADA IPP PROJECT PHASE I….
Today, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu @officialABAT performed the groundbreaking of the 350MW first phase of @nnpclimited‘s 1350MW Gwagwalada Independent Power Project (GIPP) whilst… pic.twitter.com/Waol19dZVb
The Gwagwalada plant will meet about 11% of Nigeria's power needs, according to NNPC.
The gas will be supplied by the Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) pipeline, which is under construction and is 70% complete.
Along with the GIPP, two other IPPs are also set to benefit from the AKK pipeline. The Kaduna and Kano IPPs are a “work in progress”, said Mele Kyari, CEO of NNPC, at the ceremony.
Together, the GIPP, the Kaduna IPP (900MW) and the Kano IPP (1,350MW) will contribute 3,600MW to the national grid.
According to reports by Sweet Crude Limited, the GIPP has a total project cost of US$1.7 billion, the Kaduna IPP US$1.3 billion and the Kano IPP US$1.9 billion.
FLASH: Yesterday, NNPC Ltd., CMEC, and GE Vernova signed the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contract for the 1,350 MW Gwagwalada Independent Power Plant (GIPP) Project.— NNPC Limited (@nnpclimited) August 4, 2023
Join us at 10:45 AM today, for the Presidential Groundbreaking Ceremony of the GIPP Project.… pic.twitter.com/NNWX7PHPE5
Photo: Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the ceremony (Source: NNPC)