.. To deliver 90 new transmission projects before end of year
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, has reiterated federal government commitment in stabilising electricity supply in the country as it commissioned the Odogunyan 2×60MVA, 132/33KV transmission substation in Ikorodu area of Lagos
According to him the brand new sub-station has increased Transmission Company of Nigeria(TCN) transmission capacity in Lagos region by 120MVA, this he stressed increased electricity supply to the region in particular, Odogunyan, Odon La, Odo Kekere, Itawo Oluwa, Agodo, Ikorodu industrial area which PZ industries will benefit from.
He said with this development Ikeja Electric now has increased corridors through which it can now supply power to its customers in the area. Invariably more power supply will bring about improved socio-economic activities and well-being of the people.
The Minister also assured that government is now more positioned to deliver on its promise of stabilising electricity supply in the country as it scheduled to complete ninety projects in the power transmission subsector.
He said the projects would be facilitated with the release of 502 containers of equipments which had been detained at the Lagos sea ports in the last ten years following inability of last administration to settle port charges, and agency fees.
He said the effort would guarantee expansion of transmission infrastructures as government has significantly improved on power generation through its incremental power policy.
“When I took over as minister of power we were merely doing about 5,000 mega watts but as at today we are doing over 7,000 mega watts so this is about 2,000 added mega watts. We will also have to support the Distribution Companies as we advance with our power infrastructure increase to enable them ensure proper distribution of what we anticipate to generate.
Already, the Transmission Company of Nigeria has continued to improve on its network and like I said new 90 projects will be executed before the end of the year.
On the other hand we expect to increase power generation soon as Azura and Afam power facilities are coming on stream in the next few months so more efforts would be directed at stabilising distribution at this point”, the minister assured.
On the commission project, Fashola said the project was delayed for seven years due to lapses in the last administration.
“The contract for the project was awarded way back in 2009, and the contractor moved to site in 2010 but then experienced serious setbacks until this administration took up the challenge and ensured its completion.
If the last administration was focused on solving the country’s energy crises it wouldn’t have abandoned 805 containers of power equipment at the seaports but like I said we were able to secure release of 502 of them through budgetary allocation in 2016 and 2017″.
He commended the contractor, Mrs. Rhoda Afolabi who is the chief executive officer of LAGACE power limited for delivering the project on time.
The minister anticipated that with 90 mega watts of power which will be evacuated from the facility it will improve socio-economic activities in the area as most of the companies like PZ would return to business and generate employment for the people.
Earlier in his opening address, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of TCN, Mr Usman Gur Mohammed said that the project was borne out of need to increase power supply to the increasing population in Odogunyan and environs.
He noted that prior to the commissioning of the substation, distribution load centres that feed Odogunyan and its environs took supply for their customers from Ikorodu Subsatation, thus as the area increased in population, there was need to put in place a new substation hence the Odogunyan substation.
He applauded the contractor, Laga Cepower for timely completion of the project, stressing that by the successful commissioning , the contractor has contributed to the economic growth and development of the country within a short period of 9 years of coming to TCN as EPC contractor.
It could be recalled that the the Federal Executive Council, (FEC) reviewed the contract for the Odoguyan Sub-Station , Ikorodu, Lagos, South West Nigeria, to the tune of about N274.35million to enable the contractor to complete the project.
The contract was originally awarded at the cost of about N3.5billion but was abandoned because it was not paid for.
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