Akwa Ibom Decries Abandoned Power Projects

Akwa Ibom

August 16, (THEWILL) – A 3 x 150MVA power transmission substation, designed to evacuate power from Ibom power plant, Aluminium Smelter Company of Nigeria (ALSCON) and the proposed QIPP power plant, has lain abandoned by the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) since 2008.

This was disclosed by the Managing Director of Ibom Power Company Limited and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Power, Engr. Meyen Etukudo, during a courtesy visit by the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, and the company’s top management to the Ibom power plant in Ikot Abasi.

Etukudo decried the unjust treatment meted out to Akwa Ibom State in the area of power transmission projects and called on the TCN management for urgent intervention.

According to him, the 3 x 150MVA transmission substation, which can take about 360 megawatts of power with a control room for ALSCON to receive power from Ibom power, has been left uncompleted till date even though the transformer arrived since April 2008.

He said: “The transmission line from Ikot Abasi to Ikot Ekpene, which is about 80 kilometres, has not been completed till today; they have not even finished the erection of the transmission tower.”

Etukudo, who was a former Assistant General Manager (AGM) Lines at TCN before joining the Akwa Ibom State Government, drew the attention of the TCN delegation to other transmission lines that were awarded within the same period and which have since been completed.

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