Nigeria’s vice president, Namadi Sambo, has commended the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) for continuously expanding the nations power infrastructure capacity which if sustained will lead to significant economic and social development.
Sambo also disclosed that the agency is currently planning to construct large and medium hydro-power dams in the Northern to wheel 20, 000 mega watts capacity.
Commissioning the 330/132/33KV transmission substation under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) at Oko-Aro in Lagos today,
Sambo said that the company is also planning to provide power components for 13 existing dams in the Northern that will step up transmission.
The Vice president represented by Prof. Chinedu Nebo, Minister of Power said that current power generation level stands at 5, 500 mega watts and that the NIPP contributes about 2,600 mega watts to the national grid.
According to him, let me also reiterate our firm belief and respect for democracy and its norms and values and our commitment to the progress and prosperity of our dear nation.
Speaking further, he said “We shall continue to make our contributions to the development of our dear country as patriotic citizens
Oke-Aro today is witnessing another great feat of this administration in power infrastructure capacity expansion to boost economic and industrial development of the country.
According to Sambo, the highpoint is the commissioning of a 330/132/33 MVA transmission station with 2×300 MVA transformers at Oke Aro, a boundary town between Lagos and Ogun state, adding that the Oke-Aro Substation is an NIPP initiative by the Federal Government and it is a 330/132/33kv substation which It consists of 2/300MVA transformer and 2/60 MVA transformer with power supply coming from the Egbin Power Station enroute to Ikeja West.
He noted that the bulk of the electricity consumed in Lagos region is around Ikeja Industrial area, adding that all these areas depend on the Ikeja West Transmission Station of TCN.
“But now that we have this Transmission Substation at Oke-aro, Ikeja West is going to be satisfied abundantly, which means that there is going to be relief to other parts of the Lagos Region. So, it is going to have effects on the whole of Lagos,” he said.
Mr James Olotu, Managing Director, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Ltd (NDPHC) said at the commissioning of the project was currently the biggest transmission substation in the country.
Olotu, whose NDPHC is the owner of the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP), said that the 600 MVA transformers had capacity to distribute 480 mega watts of electricity.
He said that the transformer would serve some part of its host states.
“This transformer will serve Maryland, Ikeja West and even Akoka and Ijora, amongst other localities. This project is the biggest transformer system and the first of its kind in Nigeria”.
He said that power supply would improve in Lagos and Ogun States with the commissioning of this transformer.