The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it is happy with the efforts of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company at helping to attain the president's 6000MW power generation target by the end of the year.
Mohammed Sanusi Barkindo, the group managing director of the NNPC, who was at the Agip-operated Kwale-Okpai Independent Power Plant in the Ndokwa East LGA of Delta State, and the Obiafu-Obrikom Gas Plant in the Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni LGA of Rivers State, said his visit was part of the commitment of President Umar Musa Yar'dua to meet the 6000MW target.
"The Okpai power plant symbolises an emergency response to the nation's need for adequate power supply. This plant was commissioned in April 2005 and since that time it has experienced a lot of challenges," he said.
He said he was visiting the plants to ensure that the challenges are tackled in good time for the implementation of the second phase of the power plant.
Cito Pagano, the managing director of Agip, said the Obrikom-Obiafu (Ob-Ob) gas project in Rivers is crucial to the success of the execution of the Nigerian Gas Master Plan. He said the facility would be instrumental to the gas transportation network and play a significant role in the country's gas infrastructure, domestic gas market, and in export.
"We are actually executing a project to get gas flare to zero as part of our domestic gas obligation. The NAOC Ob-Ob plant is waiting for the completion of the Omoku IPP to supply gas. In the short term, whatever gas we capture would be dedicated to domestic obligation," Mr. Pagano said.