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Transcorp Power, fulfil all privatisation obligations, receives discharge certificate from BPE

by Business News Report

Transcorp Power Limited, Nigeria’s leading power generation company, located in Ughelli Delta State, with an installed capacity of 972MW, was presented with a post-privatisation discharge certificate by the Federal Government of Nigeria, following fulfilment of all privatisation conditions.  Transcorp Power will no longer be subjected to post-privatisation monitoring and is the first privatised power generation company to achieve this milestone since the power sector privatisation commenced in 2013.   One of the key targets set for Transcorp is a minimum available capacity of 670MW.  The discharge certificate was presented at the meeting of the National Council of Privatisation (NCP) by the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Chairman of NCP, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to Mr. Tony O. Elumelu, Group Chairman, Transnational Corporation Plc (Transcorp), owner of Transcorp Power. 

From left: Minister of Power, Engr Abubakar Aliyu;  President/GCEO, Transnational Corporation(Transcorp Plc), Dr Owen Omogiafo; Group Chairman, Transcorp Plc, Mr. Tony Elumelu; Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Director General, Bureau of Public Enterprises(BPE), Alexander Okoh; and Managing Director, Transcorp Power  Plc, Christopher Ezeafulukwe during the presentation of Discharge Certificate to Transcorp Power Plc, having met and surpassed the Post-Privatisation Target set by the Federal Government on the Ughelli Power Plc ( renamed Transcorp Power Plc),  acquired by Transcorp Plc, in a ceremony held at the State House, Abuja on Monday

Commenting on the ceremony, His Excellency said “Post privatisation monitoring is an important aspect of Federal Government’s privatisation programme. Transcorp Power has been able to ensure compliance and surpassed expectations with all post privatisation deliverables. I commend Tony Elumelu and his Transcorp team for this feat. I urge Transcorp Group to continue in that path and even do better. Speaking further, the VP said,

” This being the first, should not be the last post privatization discharge event.” The Group Chairman, Transcorp, Mr. Tony O. Elumelu, CFR, thanked the Federal Government for their trust and confident in Transcorp. He stated: “in addition to fulfilling the post privatisation performance criteria, Transcorp has driven a strong indigenous agenda – our plants are managed and fully operated by Nigerians, creating jobs and reducing unemployment in the country. Safety is very important to us as well, since we began operations in 2013, we have recorded zero incident till date”. Continuing he said, At Transcorp Group, we do well and do good. We have grown together with our Host communities, enriching lives, and improving the community”

Speaking at the Event, the Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, Alex Okoh congratulated the Board and management of Transcorp for the milestones achieved in turning around the enterprise. He noted that Transcorp has met and exceeded the performance targets and all other covenanted obligations agreed during the signing of the privatization agreement in 2013. He said “Transcorp Power increased the generation capacity of the plant by 227% from the operational status as at handover in 2013. Speaking further, he said capital expenditure totaling N58.612bn was covenanted for phase1, phase 2 as ‘additional investment’ but the actual investment made by Transcorp was the sum of N83.85bn, leading up to a score of 143%.”

Transnational Corporation Plc acquired Ughelli Power Plc (now Transcorp Power Limited) from the Federal Government of Nigeria on 1 November 2013 during the privatisation of the power sector. At the time of acquisition, the plant had an available capacity of 160MW. Transcorp invested and increased the available capacity to 680.83MW (being a 227% increase) within 4 years of takeover, surpassing the 5-year target of 670MW set by the Bureau of Public Enterprises. Transcorp Power Limited is a member of West African Power Pool and a participant in the ECOWAS Regional Electricity Market. Today, Transcorp Power supplies electricity to the ECOWAS Regional Market. Transcorp Power is a leading power generation plant in Nigeria, with a commitment to developing Nigerian human capital and the plant is currently operated 100% by Nigerians.  In 2020, Transcorp Group increased its installed capacity to 2,000MW with the acquisition of Afam Power Plc and Afam III Fast Power Ltd, located in Rivers State. 

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