Respite would soon come the way of the Kainji power plant following an ongoing World Bank programme to rehabilitate four of the turbines in Phase 1 of a two-phased rehabilitation project for the station in order to reach its installed capacity of 760MW.
The plant which was shut down last Thursday, following excessive leakage from its dam which threatened to flood the station, has been restored to the national grid with its four available units with a combined 233MW of electricity now back on stream.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Kainji Power Plant, Mr. Yinka Akinwumi, explained that the problem occurred as a result of the plants old age and the fact that it has suffered maintenance and overhaul neglect since it was commissioned 44 years ago.
He, however, said that there is hope for improvement following an ongoing World Bank programme to rehabilitate four of the turbines in Phase 1 of a two-phased project to rehabilitate the station in order to reach its installed capacity of 760MW.
"The maintenance involves an ongoing retrofit of three units and an overhaul of the remainder," he said.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Power, Barth Nnaji, has congratulated Akinwunmi and his Kainji team for rectifying the problem and restoring critical power to the nation.