Egbema power station

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Egbema power station is a 339-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant under construction in Imo State, Nigeria.[1]


The map below shows the exact location of the power station outside of Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria.

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Egbema is one of several National Integrated Power Projects, which have been deemed "critical infrastructure in the generation, transmission, distribution and natural gas supply sub-sectors of the electric power value chain" by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.[2]

The plant was expected to be completed in 2017.[3] In late 2018, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) gave the contract to build the plant to the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) due to delays by the previous contractor Rockson Engineering Limited.[4]

In September 2019, Energy Central reported that construction on the plant was not yet finished.[1] A related transmission line and gas pipeline are also under construction.[3] The former contractor, Rockland Engineering, said that Egbema was about 71% finished.[5]

Nigeria's anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), opened an investigation into the NIPP power projects for alleged misappropriation of funds. NIPP was set up under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. EFCC arrested several individuals in September 2019.[3]

In December of 2020, a representative of NDPHC visited the site and said that the company was looking for new Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors to complete the plant. The NDPHC representative is quoted as stating "It looks very much like an abandoned project with so many things out of place. The reason for our visit here is to ascertain the level of job that is pending to be completed and also advise the top management on how we can quickly step in to ensure that this project is completed in no distance time."[6]

As of October 19, 2021, New Energy Research Project lists the project as "Non-operational".[7]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Egbema Generation Company Limited[8]
  • Parent company: Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC)[9]
  • Location: Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
  • Coordinates: 5.565581, 6.738307 (exact)[10]
  • Gross generating capacity (under construction): 339 MW
    • Unit 1: Gas-fired[10] gas turbine[3], 113 MW[11] (start-up in 2017)[3]
    • Unit 2: Gas-fired[10] gas turbine[3], 113 MW[11] (start-up in 2017)[3]
    • Unit 3: Gas-fired[10] gas turbine[3], 113 MW[11] (start-up in 2017)[3]
  • Gross generating capacity (announced): 127 MW
    • Unit 2-1: steam turbine (combined cycle conversion)[12], 127 MW[12] (start-up in 2030)[12]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 How 8 NIPP plants scaled up power by 4,000MW, Energy Central, Sep 5, 2019
  2. Power Generation in Nigeria, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission website, accessed Dec 6, 2019
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Nigeria: U.S.$16 Billion Power Probe - Many Heads to Roll As EFCC's Investigation Deepens, AllAfrica, Sep 8, 2019
  4. Simon Echewofun, Delays: AMCON seizes Egbema, Omoku NIPP power projects from Rockson, Daily Trust, Dec 27, 2018
  5. Rockson Engineering explains role in uncompleted Power Projects, Nigeria World, Nov 10, 2019
  6. Ugwu, Chidi (December 31, 2020). "NDPHC To Consolidate Generation With 2000MW, Revamp Four Plants". Energy Central. Retrieved October 19, 2021.
  7. New Energy Research Project. "Egbema Power Station (NIPP) – NERP". NERP. Retrieved 2021-10-19.
  8. Egbema Power Plant, Niger Delta Power Holding Company, accessed May 21, 2021
  9. Funding and Incorporation, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited, accessed May 21, 2021
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Egbema Power Station (NIPP), New Energy Research Project, accessed May 21, 2021
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Kenneth Okedu et al (2018). Impact Of The Independent Power Producers And National Integrated Power Projects On The Deregulation Of The Nigerian Electricity Sector, Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa (Volume 20, No.1)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Grunwald, Siegfried (December 2017). "Transmission Expansion Plan Development of Power System Master Plan for the Transmission Company of Nigeria" (PDF). Transmission Company of Nigeria. Retrieved October 27, 2021.