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Siemens to supply turnkey solution for power plant in Nigeria Three SGT5-2000E turbines will power the Azura-Edo IPP

 Siemens to supply turnkey solution for power plant in Nigeria  Three SGT5-2000E turbines will power the Azura-Edo IPP

Azura Power West Africa has asked Siemens to supply key components for the 459-MW Azura-Edo IPP power plant, which the German OEM will realise as a turnkey project together with the construction company Julius Berger Nigeria. Commissioning is scheduled for July 2018.

Siemens Financial Services (SFS) has been involved in structuring the project financing since 2012 and is contributing $50 million to partially fund the development, construction and operation of the project's first phase.

The Azura-Edo IPP will be built near the town of Benin City, just near some of the main gas pipelines in Nigeria. The plant is part of a wider project of Azura Power West Africa which will see 1.5 gigawatts (GW) installed in several phases.

Project financing, component delivery, O&M accord

As part of the latest order, Siemens will supply three SGT5-2000E gas turbines, three SGen-100A generators and the SPPA-T3000 control system for the turbines.  A long-term service contract for maintenance and service of the plant has also been agreed for a period of twelve years. 

"This power plant project by Azura Power will strengthen the collaboration between Siemens and Nigeria. We are pleased that our customer is placing its trust in our proven SGT5-2000E gas turbine," commented Andreas Pistauer, Siemens’ sales head of the region Southern, Western & Central Africa. He singled out the supply of Siemens power plant technology, the long-term service contract and the OEM’s involvement in the financing of the plant.

Gruelling competitive tender

David Ladipo, Amaya Capital Partner and Managing Director of Azura Power outlined that the appointment of Siemens and Julius Berger as the EPC Contractor for the Azura Project “came after a gruelling competitive tender that lasted for more than a year.”

“Julius Berger was contracted to execute the project's civil works while Siemens was chosen to supply the turbines for the project and to repair and refurbish them under a long term service agreement,” he explained, suggesting both parties would have well-deserved reputation for efficiency, precision and end-to-end control of the logistical challenges that may occur during the execution of any large scale power plant.

Eying an early commissioning

“However, what has impressed us the most about both firms is their long term vision and their willingness to work with Azura in a spirit of genuine partnership and collaboration,” he underlined, adding the operator is looking forward to an early commissioning.

In Nigeria, Siemens as of late has received four order for power plant technology. Three SGT5-2000E gas turbines each were installed in the Geregu I (414 MW) and Geregu II (434 MW) power plants. Two gas turbines of the same model are installed in the power block Afam V (276 MW).

Counting this current order for the first phase of the Azura-Edo plant, Siemens supplies eleven SGT5-2000E gas turbines with an overall capacity of 1,583 MW to Nigeria. 

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 February 2016 06:47 )

 

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