- Accugas embarked on critical system upgrade
- The system upgrade was scheduled to last for 45days
- Ibom power ought to have resumed 4th December, 2016
- Accugas extended the duration of the outage
- After 114days, Ibom power plant has resumed operations
Ibom power plant has resumed operations after one hundred and fourteen days since the plant shut down on the 21st of October 2016.
The Managing Director of Ibom Power Company Limited, Engr. Meyen Etukudo had announced in October 2016 that Ibom power plant would shut down for forty-five days due to a critical system upgrade and maintenance of the Ikot Abasi Gas Receiving Facility (IGRF) by Accugas.
The 60 km 18-inch Ikot Abasi Gas Receiving Facility from Uquo to Ikot Abasi is the gas distribution infrastructure that delivers gas from Accugas facility at Uquo to Ibom power plant at Ikot Abasi.
Speaking on why the change in duration, the Ibom Power Boss explained that unforeseen circumstances extended the duration of the outage. He said Accugas, the gas supplier, initially scheduled the maintenance to last for forty-five days.
“Based on that information from Accugas, Ibom power should have resumed operations on the 4th of December 2016 but Accugas asked for more time which extended our resumption of operations,” he said.
Engr. Etukudo added that maintenance of the Ikot Abasi Gas Receiving Facility halted gas supply to Ibom power plant hence left the three units of the 191megawatts(MW) power plant non-operational.
Ibom power plant is one of the 22 gas fired power plants in Nigeria. It has three installed units – Unit #1 & #2 with 38MW each while unit #3 is the biggest with 115MW for a total installed capacity of 191MW. Unit #3 is currently evacuating about 100MW to the national grid.T