ANDRITZ selected once again for new unit at Jebba hydropower plant

ANDRITZ has announced today it received another order from Nigerian private power generating company Mainstream Energy Solutions (MESL) for the modernization of unit 2G5 at the 578.4 MW Jebba hydroelectric station in Nigeria.

ANDRITZ was the original manufacturer for all six fixed blade (propeller) type runners at the hydropower plant, which was commissioned back in the 1980s. The technology group is now working with MESL on a general rehabilitation programme to extend Jebba’s life for the next 40 years and improve the plant’s reliability. In 2021, it had already been awarded a contract for the rehabilitation and life extension of unit 2G6.

Jebba is one of two key hydroelectric stations that were privatized and are now operated by MESL under a Concession Agreement. The other facility, Kainji, is also undergoing rehabilitation and expansion. In December last year, MESL selected the Power China Huadong Engineering Corporation for rehabilitation works there, covering the rehabilitation of the Unit 1G9 (80 MW) and the installation of units 1G3 and 1G4 (110 MW each).

Full details on the 760 MW Kainji hydropower plant and the 578.4 MW Jebba hydropower plant in Nigeria are available in the “Projects” section within your Hawilti+ research terminal. 

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Oryx Energies acquires part Sonacop’s retail network in Benin

Oryx Energies, a provider of energy products and services in Africa, has announced it has taken over part of the retail network of Benin’s national company for the commercialization of petroleum products, Sonacop. As part of the transaction, Oryx Energies Benin has taken over 63 of Sonacop’s service stations. The execution of the new Oryx brand started on five of these at the end of January 2022.

Strong production performance from Shell brings Nigerian oil production back up

Nigeria’s oil and condensate production was up +14% Month-over-Month (MoM) between December and January, latest data from the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC) shows. Oil production only was up about +17% and reached almost 1.4 million barrels of oil per day (bopd) at the start of the year. This is a level Nigeria had not seen since early 2021. Source: NUPRC Shell’s infrastructure was responsible for producing and handling 86% of the additional 6.2 million barrels produced in Nigeria between December and January. Notable MoM gains were registered at both oil export terminals operated by Shell, including Bonny (+68.6%) and Forcados (+62.6%). Oil output from the Forcados terminal notably reached a 2-year high last month. But performances also improved at two of the FPSOs that Shell operates in the country: Sea Eagle (+79.7%) and Bonga (+21%). Additional gains were also registered at Eni’s Brass terminal (+21.2%), TotalEnergies’ Odudu-Amenam hub (+20%) and First E&P’s FPSO Abigail-Joseph (+25%). Nigeria has struggle for the whole of 2021 to increase production because of a lack of investment and continued crude theft and vandalism on its infrastructure. In February and March, its allocated production quotas from OPEC are set at 1.701 million and 1.718 million bopd respectively.