The Federal Government on Thursday in Abuja signed a 540 MW Power Purchase Agreement for $1.1 billion.
The agreement was between the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc, NBET, and Qua Iboe Independent Power Plant. The signing ceremony was presided over by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola,
The Qua Iboe Power Plant Limited is jointly owned by the NNPC, Black Rhino Group and Dangote Group.
The investors said Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) which initiated the power project with the NNPC, sold its rights to develop the project to QIPP investors. However, MPN has a 20-year Gas Sales Agreement (GSA) with the new investors to supply about 400 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscuf) of gas from its offshore oil production facility.
The Chairman of Black Rhino, and Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, said the conclusion of the PPA and PCOA processes would give promoters of the project the confidence to accelerate their Final Investment Decision (FID).
“Within the next months, we will achieve a financial closure to bring in about $1.2bn worth of direct investment into Nigeria. QIPP will utilise Nigeria’s gas resources to increase our electricity generation capacity and reduce the cost of power,” he said.
On her part, the Managing Director of NBET, Dr. Marilyn Amobi, said once the investors achieve a financial closure, they would start construction which should last between 18 to 24 months.
“We are just starting that now because Mobil decided to have its shares go to Black Rhino, and then we had to review the documents again because the original project was fully equity funded but now the structure has changed and it will now be debt and equity,” Amobi said, corroborating the MPN ownership transfer