20 March 2002 – Alstom has been awarded an order to supply two GT13E2 heavy-duty gas turbines for the Okpai power plant, the first IPP project in Nigeria. The order, worth more than €70m ($61.8m) was placed by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company Ltd (NAOC).

The 450 MW OKPAI power plant, to be constructed in the town of Okpai, Delta State, will run first in simple-cycle operation before being converted into a combined-cycle plant at a later stage.

Under the terms of the contract, Alstom will deliver two GT13E2 gas turbines, two air-cooled turbogenerators and the electrical equipment. Both gas turbines will be delivered to Nigeria in February 2003. The first unit will enter commercial operation at the end of October 2003 and the second unit will follow at the end of December 2003.

This project is part of the “zero gas flaring” programme of NAOC in Nigeria, which aims by means of a gradual reduction to eliminate gas flares in the country by the year 2008. NAOC J/V aspire to achieve zero flares as soon as 2004 through the implementation of the Okpai project.

Alstom formed an international team comprising Italian, Swiss, French, English and Nigerian Alstom members in order to bid for the contract.

The order brings to a total of 73 the number of GT13E2 gas turbines sold, with more than 1 300 000 accumulated operating hours.

NAOC are part of a joint venture with Nigerian National Petroleum Company and Phillips Oil Ltd. NAOC supplies Nigeria with Oil & Gas exploration services, crude petroleum and gas production.