By John Ikani
The Management of Egbin Power Plc has said it has suspended operations at its plant and activated emergency response after a fire incident that occurred at the power plant.
This disclosure was contained in a statement issued by Egbin Power to its stakeholders and the general public.
The power generating firm said that the fire outbreak was successfully contained by a team of its firefighters in collaboration with firefighters from the Nigeria Gas Company at Egbin.
It also pointed out that it has set out a process in motion to determine the cause of the fire incident as it has temporarily suspended its operations in line with the plant’s safety procedures.
Egbin is one of the operating entities of Sahara Power Group, which is an affiliate of Sahara Group.
The power generating plant which is one of the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa has an installed capacity of 1,320MW consisting of six turbines of 220 megawatts each.
With the development, the poor state of power supply in Lagos State and its surrounding environs are set to take a turn for the worse as electricity consumers in Lagos and its environs have in recent times witnessed constant power outages.
Recall that a few days ago, Ikeja Electric (IE) and Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) had attributed the recent power outage under their networks to a drop in power generation in the country.
Ikeja Electric, in a statement for its customers on its official Twitter account, said the power outage being experienced in certain parts of its network was due to load shedding by TCN as a result of a drop in power generation.
Also, EKEDC said the reduction in supply was due to the drop in power generation from an average of 3,700MW to 2,000MW per hour. The DisCo said this was caused by gas limitations arising from vandalism, and more recently an issue affecting the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) line from the Egbin Power Plant.