… Hands over 1000 CSP transformers to PHCN
By KUNLE KALEJAYE
As part of its effort to boost power supply in the country, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), owners of National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) has commissioned four new sub injection stations in the Lagos area.
One of the sub injection stations is a 15 MVA 33kV NITEL sub injection transformer in Oshodi, which is expected to add 33MW of power supply to the national grid that will serve Oshodi and environs, while a 60MVA 132/33kVA in Ojo is expected to add about 48MW to the national grid. The Ojo station will serve Iba, Ojo, Festac, Satelite, Ajanbadi, Alaba international market and its environs.
Other injection sub stations that were commissioned included a 15MVA 33/11KV at Imota and Agbowa, in Ikorodu area of Lagos State. The company also handed over 1000 Completely Self Protected, (CSP) Transformers to both Eko and Ikeja Electricity Distribution Companies in Lagos.
Speaking with newsmen during the commissioning of the projects, the Chief Executive Officer, EKO Distribution Company, Mr. Oladele Amoda, said the power sector is working tirelessly to ensure that electricity consumers had access to adequate power supply during the Christmas Season.
He said, “We are making efforts to ensure that come December, most of these projects would have been completed and people will be enjoying power supply. We don’t want to leave any customer behind during Christmas.
“There are several of these transformers all over the country being installed to relive the existing ones and nobody will say that they don’t have supply during that period. These are some of the projects that are still ongoing, and by the time all these projects are completed, you will see that Nigerians will be appreciative of what the government is doing,” he said.
Amoda noted that the EKO DISCO has 27 NIPP projects while about 30 are in Ikeja DISCO adding the projects included brand new sub injection stations.
He expressed optimism that before December, customers should expect abundant power supply during the Christmas and New Year celebrations, adding that “We plan to have more than 20 hours of power supply but eventually we will have 24 hours of power supply.”
The Managing Director of NDPHC Mr. James Abiodun Olotu, thanked the project contractor, project consultant and field manager for a job well done, adding that more of such projects will be commissioned across the country before December.
In his words, “At this stage, we are handing the projects to PHCN Eko to ensure the equipment are safe and the customers are happy with power supply. We thank the contractor, PIVOT Engineering Company Ltd, project consultant and the field manager who coordinated activities before the commissioning of the project. More of this kind of project will be commissioned across the country to boost power supply in December.”
CEO of Ikeja DISCO, Mr. Chris Akamnonu, said the commissioning of the injection sub-stations and handing over of the CSP transformers to PHCN is a “promise made, promise fulfilled” by the Jonathan administration to improve power supply to Nigerian.
It would be recalled that NDPHC had earlier commissioned 11 sub-station of 1×15 MVA with the capacity of generating power for about 10,000 residents in Agbowa-Ikosi, Ipakodo, Ijede, Agbara, Ajangbadi, Orile-Coker, Fowler, Alagbon, Bekley, Apapa Raod and Tincan.