The Operations and Maintenance unit of Ibom Power Company Limited said it has restored its 1250KVA Black Start Generator 1 (BSG-1) that suffered a burnt alternator in November 2009.

The Black Start Generator restores Ibom power plant’s operation without relying on the national grid or external sources after a partial or total shutdown.

Head of Operations at Ibom Power, Aniebiet Umoh said the restoration of the plant’s BSG-1 has saved Ibom power the sum of N5million monthly that was spent on renting a 1250KVA soundproof generator.

‘Ibom power has two Black Start Generators, BSG-1 and BSG-2 with a capacity of 1250KVA each. In November 2009, our BSG-1suffered a burnt alternator. During this period, BSG-2 was our only source of emergency power supply in the event of a grid collapse.’

He said, ‘In the absence of the BSG-1, Ibom power had to rent another 1250KVA and the plant recorded multiple failures. With the restoration of BSG-1, for the first time in six (6) years, we synchronized BSG-1 and BSG-2 and restored our plant to its 2500KVA installed black start capacity’.

The head of operations was optimistic that with the black start capacity, Ibom power is in a position to provide black start as an ancillary service to the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI). The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) provides that black start resources are compensated as additional reliability services.

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Michael Dada is the media/publicity officer at Ibom Power Company Limited. He is a graduate of Journalism from Lagos State University School of Communication. He did internship at The Nation newspaper and Voice of Nigeria. He has a Digital Marketing Master Class certificate from Wild Fusion Digital and a certificate in WordPress web design from Spring Light Technology. He holds a Competence in Writing and Speaking certificate from the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University. He has a post-graduate certificate in Advanced Writing and Reporting Skills from the School of Media and Communication. He is an associate of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and an alumnus of Pan Atlantic University.

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