Sahara Power Group has appointed Kenechukwu Nwangwu as the new Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of First Independent Power Limited, operator of four gas turbine power plants located in Port-Harcourt, Afam, Omoku and Eleme, all in Nigeria’s Rivers State.
Rivers is the commercial heartland of the eastern part of the oil rich Niger Delta basin.
FIPL currently has a combined installed capacity of 541MW.
Nwangwu joins FIPL from Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria Ltd, where he was the CEO, SPDC JV Afam VI 650MW Combined Cycle Power Plant. He led the business creditably with notable achievement in enhancing uptime, optimizing production, and reducing generation losses.
Kola Adesina, Group Managing Director, Sahara Power Group, says the appointment “will drive FIPL’s ongoing transformation towards sustainable and efficient power generation, especially in the Niger Delta and South-South regions of Nigeria”.
Sahara group acquired FIPL in 2013, and since then the company “had achieved a remarkable capacity increase from 143 MW to 541 MW through continuous investment in overhauls, technology, and human capital”, Adesina observes.
Kenechukwu holds a degree in Electronics Engineering from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, a Graduate Certificate in Oil and Gas Engineering at the SITP/ Robert Gordon University Aberdeen programme, and a master’s degree in Petroleum Technology from Curtin University Australia. He also holds two Doctor of Business Administration (Honoris Causa) degrees from Maverick Business Academy London and Commonwealth University.
FIPL’s four Power plants include Afam (180MW), Omoku (150MW), Trans Amadi (136MW) and Eleme (75MW).