NDPHC Restates Commitment To Realise Second Phase IPP

Yemisi Izuora/Ijeoma Agudosi

The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) has said it will pursue the second phase of the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) with vigour to ensure its realisation.

According to Mr Yakubu Lawal, General Manager, Communications and Public Relations of the company, while reacting to recent publication by one of Nigeria’s dailies, expressed concern over falsehood published by the newspaper.

Lawal said the Board of Directors of NDPHC owners of the NIPP has positioned the company to effectively pursue its Phase II project mandate aimed at implementing more hydropower stations and transmission projects in the country to give the power sector infrastructure a more robust synergy.

He noted that at its recent meeting in Abuja, the board
approved the implementation of a new structure proposed at the
company’s board meeting in August 2014.

He disclosed that the second phase of the NIPP projects included the execution of Mambilla hydro power project and sixteen identified
medium and small hydro power projects.

This, he explained would create a mix power generation/supply system for the country by balancing the Phase 1 NIPP projects where ten new
thermal power stations located in the southern parts of the country
were constructed.

Lawal added that the second phase will contribute about 4,000MW into
the national grid.

According to him, The board had also approved the Phase two critical transmission
projects which shall wheel power from the existing and new power
stations having capacity of over 20,000 megawatts to the distribution chain across the country on completion.

Continuint, Lawal said all the projects are currently being assembled and that the status report presented to the board,
four fully-completed power stations  has been commissioned by
President Jonathan.

They include, Geregu II, 434mw capacity in Kogi state,
Omotosho II, 500 MW capacity in Ondo state, 750MW capacity Olorunsogo II power plant in Ogun state and Phase One 504MW Alaoji thermal power station in Abia state while Benin Generation Company and Ogorode both of 450MW capacity each in Edo and Delta states respectively are
waiting official commissioning.

“Also ready for commissioning is 500MW Calabar Power station in Cross River state while the Power plants in Gbarain ,Bayelsa state, Omoku power station in Rivers state and Egbema power station in Imo state are at various stages of completion,” he said.

Other major achievements, Lawal said include the completion of 21.5km gas pipeline Creek town to Ikot Nyong Power plant projects,the completion and commissioning of 18km Ikot Nyong – Adiabo 330kV DC lines to evacuate power from Calabar power plant in Cross River
state and the completion of 13km 132kv DC Adiabo – Calabar 132/33kV sub-station and reinforcement of this Calabar 132/33kV Substation with 1no 60MVA 132/33kV Transformer and bays to accommodate new lines from Adiabo, among others.

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