Govt kicks-start N1.4b power transmission station

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008              

Govt kicks-start N1.4b power transmission station

By Yetunde Ebosele and Sulaimon Salau

THE Federal Government has commenced work on two new power transmission stations in Karu and Kubwa area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The project is expected to gulp $12 million (about N1.440 billion).

Karu is expected to cost $6.3 million while Kubwa would take $5.7 million. The two substations are to be completed in 15 months.

The new sub-stations would no doubt relieve some pressure on the ever-increasing power demand and also improve the quality of power distribution to final consumers.

Meanwhile, a 150MVA 330/132/33kV Power Transformer was installed in Kano on Monday, January 21, 2008.

The Minister of State, Energy (Power), Mrs Fatima Balaraba Ibrahim who did the commissioning, said the gesture was meant to boost transmission within Kano and neighbouring states.

The new power transformer, installed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), replaced one of the two 150MVA 330/132/33kV transformers at its Kumbotso Transmission Station which developed fault July 16, last year.

This drastically reduced transmission capacity at the station by 50 per cent, resulting in electric power load shedding to Kano, Jigawa, Katsina and parts of Bauchi and Yobe states as well as the international line to Niger Republic.

Worried by the comatose state of the sector, the Federal Government had approved about eight power transmission projects to boost the electricity situation in the country. They include the Apo Keffi Akwanga 1x30MVA, 132/33kv substation, Amukpe 30/40MVA,132/33Kv substation, the Ikeja West-Benin (CEB) power interconnection, which is part of the West African Power interconnection, was awarded at an offshore cost of �1,540,010.98 and an onshore cost of �174,566,995.00.

Others include, the Papalanto 330/132KV sub station project, the Omotosho 330/132KV sub station, the Kano-Duste -Azare 132KV double circuit transmission line and the Dutse/Azare 2×30, 40MVA sub station.

The contract was awarded under the National Energy Development Project (NEDP) through the assistance of the World Bank.

World Bank Vice President, in charge of Africa region, Mrs Oby Ezekwesili, at the ground breaking ceremony in Abuja advised the Federal Government to put all necessary institutions in place in order to maximize reforms in the power sector.

Making reference to the World Bank’s $12 million support towards the project, Ezekwesili said the bank would continue to align with the government in its goal of becoming one of the top ten economies by 2020.

Minister of State for Energy (Power), Mrs. Fatima Ibrahim who performed the ground breaking event, noted that power problem is the most important challenge hindering development in Nigeria.

“Without reliable power supply, the country’s quest for development as stated in vision 2020 will be a mirage as cost of doing business would be quite prohibitive.” Said the minister

She expressed appreciation of the Federal Government to the contributions of the Bank and its Energy team toward the development of the power sector.

Speaking further, the minister said the government needs all the support of the development partners. “In this regards, while discussing with the World Bank on a wide range of possible areas of assistance, we hope other development partners will emulate the Bank”, she said.

Co-ordinator, Liaison Unit, Power Holding Company of Nigeria, Alhaji Shuaibu Maigida, identified projects currently financed by the World Bank in the power sector to include Nigeria Transmission Development Project, National Energy Development Project, Niger Basin Water Resources Development and Sustainable Ecosystem Programme (Regional Project).

The $12 million Karu contract, according to him, is a follow up to the contracts for the Conversion of the Low Voltage Distribution System (LVDS) to High Voltage Distribution System (HVDS) already on-going in Karu and Nyanya and a similar contract under evaluation soon to be signed to convert the whole of Kubwa to HVDS.

The scope of the contract covers the design, manufacture, delivery, civil work and installation of 2 X 60MVA, 132/33KV transformer substation at Karu and Kubwa including the associated equipment and is expected to be completed in 15 months.

In addition, the supply to Karu substation from the existing Apo-Akwanga 132KV single circuit line which is presently Wolf conductor will be reinforced with Aluminum alloy Conductor Steel Reinforced to enable it carry the increased current. The re-conducting from Apo 132kv substation to Karu covers a distance of 12.5km with 29 towers.

The Managing Director of MBH Power Ltd, Bagu Mukhi said the company is geared up to providing excellent Total Solutions to the power sector in Nigeria.

Bagu said the company is honoured to have scaled through a stringent, rigorous evaluation in tandem with the World Bank Due Process regulation to be adjudged as the best and most cost effective contractor for the project.

He acknowledged the foresight of the Federal Government, the Federal Ministry of Energy; PHCN/PMU for initiating and supporting the project and also acknowledged the World Bank’s commitment for the financial assistance towards the construction of the new substations.

According to him, “a substation is a critical factor in the Power sector, as it is the interface among generation, transmission and distribution component of the sector. We at MBH are committed to shouldering any challenges extended by the Federal Government of Nigeria towards the realization of its vision for the sector”

He further assured of the company’s capacity, experience, knowledge, and quality manpower to deliver the project or any other challenges in the scheduled time frame.

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