THE Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, operated Joint Venture has implemented electricity projects in 133 communities in the Niger Delta, helping them to drive economic activities through reliable power supply. The projects were implemented between 2004 and 2010, in the states where the company operates â€” Rivers, Bayelsa, Abia, Delta and Edo.
SPDCâ€™s General Manager, Sustainable Development and Community Relations, Tony Attah, said in a statement, â€œWe recognise that electricity is key to socio-economic development, and that is why we have implemented these projects in addition to our interventions in economic empowerment, health, agriculture and human capital development. With steady electricity, there is a better chance of transformed economic activities and living conditions.â€
The electricity projects which were implemented under SPDCâ€™s various programmes including Global Memorandum of Understanding, GMoU, and West Re-entry, involved either connection of communities to the national grid or installation of 500KVA generators for direct power supply.
Among other responsibilities, SPDC was responsible for procurement and installation of transformers and stringing of cables for street lights.
The benefiting communities were fully involved in the implementation process, deciding on the choice of projects and also nominating and supervising the contractors.
SPDC Joint Venture has also played a leading role in electricity supply at the national level. A key project in this direction has been the Afam V1 plant, Afam V1â€™s three gas turbines have since jointly supplied over 2.5 million megawatt hours of electricity to the national grid. The plant, when fully operational, will boost Nigeriaâ€™s electricity supply capacity by 20 per cent.