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Geregu is a Siemens power plant that’s helping to provide Nigeria with a stable supply of electricity. Robust, reliable and service-friendly, the three gas turbines installed here are ideally suited to the toughest conditions.
Energy markets don’t come much tougher. Nigeria urgently needs reliable power plants that significantly boost generating capacity, but are also highly flexible and efficient to suit the country’s power grid.
Every single megawatt becomes important in order to give power to millions of Nigerians.
As Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria is a vibrant emerging market, with a wealth of natural energy resources. But the country’s bright economic prospects are threatened by disruptions to its power supply. In 2014, for example, the World Bank reported that power outages were a daily occurrence for Nigerian firms.
In central Nigeria, Geregu power plant is a Siemens turnkey solution with a capacity of 434 megawatts. In a harsh environment with high fluctuation, the plant has a strategic significance: its three SGT5-2000E gas turbines are suitable for all load ranges, but especially for peak-load operation. Reliability and flexibility are just what’s required in these conditions.
In a region lacking substantial infrastructure, ease of service is a key advantage. Siemens designed a mobile assembly hall and heavy-lifting devices to perform the entire service on site. This minimizes maintenance costs and ensures the plant is back online as soon as possible.
Closing the gap between generation capacity and the energy needs of Nigerians is going to take time. But reliable power generation technology, with a high level of efficiency and availability, allows rapid progress to be made.
Nigeria's future energy needs are enormous. To maintain sustainable development to prosperity, closing the energy deficit will be essential.
Only a little more than half of Nigerians currently have access to the electricity grid.
Nigeria can produce around 5 GW of power. But electricity generation is sometimes as low as 2,800 MW – about the same as a mid-size European city.
The number of power outages experienced by Nigerian firms in a typical month: 32.8 (2014) – that's nearly four times the average for Sub-Saharan Africa as a whole.
Siemens' advanced control systems allow power plant operators to react quickly and flexibly to the high rate of fluctuation that is common in Nigeria.
The strength and reliability of Siemens products and solutions has been proven many times over.