By Chris Ochayi
YENAGOA — The current power outage being experienced by the residents of Yenagoa, the Baylesa State capital and it’s environ will persist following alleged refusal of Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHEDC, to take 101.8 Megawatts of electricity from Gbarantoru Substation in the state.
The 1x90MVA, 132/33KV transmission Substation currently has 104 Megawatts of electricity, while the Port Harcourt Disco is taking only 2.2 Megawatts, leaving 101.8MW stranded power in the substation.
Meanwhile, the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, has vowed that there is no going back on the resolve by the current administration to pursue it’s incremental, steady and uninterrupted power supply agenda to a logical conclusion.
The 132/33KV Gbarantoru Substation was transmitting at the capacity of 40MW until July 2018, when the Federal Government installed and commissioned 1z90MVA to upgrade substation to 104MW transmission capacity.
Briefing journalists during the ministerial media tour of the facility, General Manager of Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, in Port Harcourt region, Engr. Solomon Uyoko, explained that 90MW of electricity was recently added in order to boast substation.
Uyoko noted that, ‘The 90MVA transformer was actually commissioned last year to boost power supply to Bayelsa State. Before the coming of this 90MVA transformer, we had a 2x40MVA transformer. One of them went bad so we were left with only 40MVA.
“So with the addition of this 90MVA we now have a 130MVA which for now can provide enough power supply to the state. This is a direct intervention from the Federal government. With the capacity of the transformer, we have about 104 megawatt of power to supply the state. When I came in, we have about 2.2megawatt being evacuated to the people.”
In his remarks, the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Fashola said the government was working on ensuring incremental, steady and uninterrupted power supply.
Fashola, who was represented by Director, Investment and Sector Development, Osaisai Emontonghan, said, “In that vein, government has a programme running called the distribution expansion programme where we are making all efforts to strengthen the distribution link.
“We also want to emphasize that as much as government will ensure that there is power it behoves on the citizen to note that the power has been privatized and that they have to pay for this power because if they don’t pay we won’t be able to provide the facilities that will ensure that this power is available for everybody to use.”