Things To Know About Aba Geometric Power Plant

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The Aba Geometric power Plant is the first independent and integrated power facility in Nigeria. It is designed to supply 24/7 constant and reliable power to Aba metropolis and its environs.

The Aba intergrated power project which comprises of a 141 MW gas fired power plant, a 27km gas pipeline, and a distribution utility, within a ring-fenced distribution network, is an embedded electricity facility designed to generate and distribute its own electricity.

Aba is generally described as the “Taiwan of Africa” due to the ingenuity of local businessmen, artisans and craftsmen who are able to use locally available resources to fabricate spare parts and other machinery.

Apparently, Aba is a city with much significant commercial and industrial concerns whose need for adequate and reliable supply of electricity for its complex and growing business environment is paramount; considering the limitations and setbacks that has been suffered by both big manufacturing companies as well as small firms that are domiciled in the city.

Plethora list of industrial products produced in Aba include paper products, soap, glass products, oil mills, beer and water bottling, processed food products, among others. Small metal and wood fabrication industries are numerous presenting significant power loads. Presently, Industries and other consumers in Aba depend on expensive diesel generation for a substantial part of their production because of inadequacy of the power supply from the national grid.

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However, with the presence of this power project in Aba, there’s much guarantee for rapid economic growth and development that will transcend the state and of course south eastern region to several parts of the country. This power project according to the managing director; is the biggest project in the south eastern part of Nigeria so far.

The Managing Director of the company, Ben Caven, described the power plant as the biggest investment in the South-East, saying the company had spent $800m on its integrated power project, which includes building a 27km natural gas pipeline from Owaza in Ukwa West Local Government Area in Abia State to the Osisioma Industrial Layout in Aba.

“We have, in addition, installed 150,000 kilometres of cables and wires and installed four new power substations as well as refurbished three others inherited from the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN”, explained Ben Caven, a former NEPA Executive Director famous for leading Transmission, Generation and Engineering Divisions simulatenously in the former state-owned power utility.

The project is going to be commissioned today; the 26th of February 2024 by his excellency, president Ahmed Bola Tinubu. After the commissioning; the company will commence the distribution of the power to nine local government areas of the state including Aba; the commercial hub of the state.

The project’s distribution company, APLE has been licensed by NERC to distribute electricity to regulated customers within the Aba metropolis. Its customers in Aba comprise of regulated small commercial and residential consumers who would receive power through rehabilitated existing distribution lines in the “ring-fenced” network leased by the project’s distribution company from the Government owned utility, Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN.

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