Work Begins on 1.35GW IPP in Nigeria

The gas-fired power plant will be built in three phases.

By Sneha A on
10th August 2023

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.

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. 

Photo: Nigeria’s President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the ceremony (Source: NNPC)

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