By Babajide Okeowo
The management of Egbin Power Plc has said operations at its power plant have resumed following the recent fire incident at the company’s plant.
Newsmen had earlier reported that Egbin suspended operations at its plant and activated emergency response after a fire incident that occurred at the power plant.
The company confirmed the incident occurred on Wednesday around 4:20 pm, adding that investigation was ongoing to determine the cause of the fire.
Announcing resumption of operations on Saturday in a statement titled, ‘Update: Egbin Power Resumes Operations’, the company said that the affected unit was linked to the national grid at 19:57 hours on Friday.
It added that the technical unit was working frantically to ensure additional 660mw was added to the grid before the weekend runs out.
The statement read, “The Management of Egbin Power Plc. wishes to inform the public and its stakeholders that plant operations have resumed following the recent fire incident at the power plant.
“Unit (ST05) was put back in service and synchronised to the national grid at 19:57 hours on February 4 and is back on stream generating 220mw.
“The Technical team at the plant is working tirelessly to ensure that an additional 660mw is added to the grid before the weekend runs out.
“Egbin continues to work with the regulatory authorities and other stakeholders to achieve full restoration in line with global health, safety, and environmental standards.
“While thanking our employees, the public, our partners and stakeholders for their unwavering support, cooperation and understanding, we use this medium to reiterate our commitment to bringing energy to life responsibly through safe, innovative and sustainable power generation.”
Meanwhile, the Transmission Company of Nigeria also confirmed that the ongoing load shedding in Lagos areas became imperative following the fire incident at Egbin power station.
Confirming the development in a statement on Saturday, the TCN General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, said the incident necessitated the shutdown of all the power generating units in the power station, adding that a total of 630MW was removed from the grid.
“The removal of 630MW from the grid at the same time means that the TCN had to strive to ensure that it achieves generation load balance to maintain the stability of the grid.
“This it did by reducing bulk electricity to Lagos, to avoid overloading the 330kV lines within the state, while the third unit at the Shiroro Station was tied. These were necessary to avoid the collapse of the nation’s grid,” the statement read in part.