600 transformers lie idle for ten years

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600 transformers lie idle for ten years


Written by Hamisu Muhammad   

Tuesday, 01 April 2008


Six hundred electrical transformers worth N4 billion that lay idle in warehouses for more than ten years were yesterday distributed to eleven power distribution companies for installation in various parts of the country as part of efforts to upgrade the electricity distribution system in the country.

Minister of State for Energy (Power) Mrs. Fatima Balaraba Ibrahim handed the allocations to various distribution zones in Abuja. She said the distribution managers have six weeks to ensure that all the allocated equipment were installed, or else they will be sanctioned. “This will help to cushion the distribution problem in the country, especially the frequency at which power supply fails due to faulty transformers,’’ she said.

She said beside the transformers, other items including cables, isolators and tension sets are to be installed where they are most needed in various parts of the country. She said the equipment will not solve all the problems of electricity distribution, but they will go a long way in alleviating the suffering of most households in the country.

She said the equipment was meant for rural electricity projects but the last administration decided to suspend their distribution.

She urged the managers to take the items very seriously because they will not only assist the people but will also help the Power Holding Company of Nigeria [PHCN] to generate more revenue. On the generation side, she said the ministry is doing its best to ensure that the level of power generation improves. She said that a total of 2,800mw of electricity was being generated in the country at the moment.

“As you know, we have been having problems of vandalism of gas pipelines. The Escravos gas pipeline that supplies gas to Egbin has been bad for close to two years now. The rtunate thing is that it has been restored and as at today, we are generating 2,800mw of electricity.”

Also yesterday, the minister received a report from the ministerial task force committee on power sector. Receiving the reports from various committees, Mrs. Ibrahim said with the report, the ministry is now well equipped with the needed data to begin action in the sector. She linked the delay observed in the commencement of projects in the sector to lack of data.

She also said this report as well as that of the Presidential Committee on the Accelerated Expansion of Electricity Infrastructure as well as the Professor Lukman-led committee on power reforms will give proper perspective to the power sector.


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