Erwin Gerber, Senior Manager
Press Release. The contract consists of two key components which are: the supply of spare parts which will be entirely manufactured by Ansaldo Energia in Italy, and the maintenance services, which will be performed by its subsidiary Ansaldo Energia Nigeria based in Lagos. Activities will start early on 2023.
In addition to the above, all maintenance services provided will include on the job training and shadowing by the local engineers at the plant ensuring adequate knowledge transfer and strengthen the cooperation between the two companies.
For Ansaldo Energia this contract marks its first foray in the electricity sector of Africa’s most populated nation and a vindication of its investment into the country in 2017 by setting up a local office in Nigeria. For Geregu Power Plc, this represents the second major overhaul since the acquisition of the plant by Amperion Power Distribution Company Limited and demonstrates its commitment to ensuring uninterrupted power to the Nigerian people.
Commenting on the contract signing, Stefano Gianatti, Executive Vice President of Ansaldo Energia said “With over 210 million inhabitants, Nigeria is a rapidly growing country resulting in a high demand for energy from highly reliable power plants. The decision to invest in a local structure, Ansaldo Energia Nigeria, spins from the need to better manage and monitor the assets and needs of our customers. With our technical skills, the necessary flexibility and the experience gained on similar plants, we can make the best solutions available to this great country, to increase the efficiency and reliability of the installed electricity generation fleet".
Mr Akin Akinfemiwa, the Chief Executive Officer of Geregu Power Plc added that “the signing of the second major overhaul contract for the plant since the acquisition by Amperion demonstrates the belief the shareholders of the company have in the development and growth of the Nigerian electricity sector. This represents our continuous investment in our plant, our people, and the community of Ajaokuta ensuring that we remain a reliable source for power generation in the country” .