The National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) is gradually increasing the total power distribution capacity in Lagos towards lightening up the entire state as well as the adjoining state of Ogun .
This, according to the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC), owners of the NIPP projects, Mr. James Olotu, is in line with the transformation agenda of the President Goodluck Jonathan’s government.
Olotu stated this while commissioning both the additional 15 MVA capacity transformer at new Idumagbo distribution injection sub-station under the Eko Electricity Distribution Company and another 150 MVA additional capacity at the Ikeja West transmission substation located in Ayobo in Lagos.
He stressed that with the commissioning of the 15 MVA additional capacity, the NIPP has increased power distribution in the Idumagbo area of Lagos and its environs including the Palace of Oba of Lagos Oba Rilwan Akiolu, while the new 150 MVA at Ayobo, increased the transmission capacity of the station by 25 per cent to 750MVA from 600MVA.
The Ikeja West Station in Ayobo area of Lagos State serves not only its immediate environs in Lagos State but also extends to Ogun State including Abeokuta the capital.
With these developments, the CEO observed that power will be more stable in the covered areas in the states, reduce low current, load shedding, and improve quality of power base and distribution along with its multiplier effects on other strata of life and the economy of the entire people of the states.
Olotu also hinted that work has progressed tremendously on the power generation projects in Olorunsogo in Ogun State; Omotosho in Ondo State; Sapele in Delta state and more recently from Alaoji power station in Abia state which in all are now contributing about 1,300MW and rising to the national grid subject to gas limitation, he added. This is even as works on the other 6 generation projects are progressing appreciably.
To this end, he said the company is working assiduously with the gas suppliers to end the incidence of gas supply shortages by the second quarter of next year, as about 400mscf of gas per day under the gas to power emergency scheme will be made available solely for the NIPP power stations across the country.
While acknowledging that power supply is capital intensive, the NDPHC boss noted that most of the equipment used in power provision were imported. But he added that some foreign companies were already setting up manufacturing plants in Nigeria to help in repair and local manufacture of power equipment with its attendant multiplier effects on the economy especially in the areas of employment generation, growth of Nigeria’s gross domestic products, amongst others apart from better power services and supply.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Mr. Oladele Amoda, said that with the commissioning of the 15 MWA capacity, customers in under the DISCO will enjoy more steady power supply. He also thanked the people of the area, especially the customers of the company, for their supports throughout the period of the construction of the plant.
Also speaking, the General Manager Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Lagos region, Mr. Oyeleke Adeoye, said the older 600 MVA transformer has been well maintained having served the area for over 40 years and that with the additional capacity of 150 MVA from NIPP brings the total capacity of Ikeja West to 750MVA, which will make customers in the area to experience better power supply.