Nigeria’s Jebba Hydropower Plant to Undergo Rehabilitation

Nigerian hydroelectricity company Mainstream Energy Solutions Ltd. has awarded Andritz – Austrian plant engineering group – the contract to modernize a generation unit at the Jebba hydroelectric power plant.

The contract holds an estimated value of $36 million and will see the installation of new electro-mechanical and hydro-mechanical equipment, with a view to expanding the lifespan and reliability of the equipment and ensuring that it adheres to frequency and voltage regulations as dictated by the national grid code.

Under the contract, Andritz will supply and service a 96.4MW turbine, a 103MVA generator, transformer, outdoor switchyard and accessory equipment and the intake gate.

According to Power Africa – a U.S. presidential initiative targeting the increased electrification of sub-Saharan Africa – Nigeria has an installed capacity of 12,522MW, of which 2,380MW is derived from hydropower.

The Jebba hydropower plant – which carries an installed capacity of 578.4MW – is located on the Niger river in Niger State and comprises six turbines with a respective capacity of 96.4MW.