The Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited has completed and energised the Lafia 2X150 MVA, 2X60 /132/33330kv Transmission Substation, thereby connecting Lafia and Nasarawa to national grid.
The National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) 330/132/33kV Lafia Transmission Substation was awarded by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company in November 2016 while work commenced at the Akurba site in 2017.
NIPP is aimed at strengthening electricity infrastructure and improve supply nationwide.
Both the 2 x 150MVA 330/33kV Transformers T1 and T2 as well as the 75MVar Shunt Reactor (for Voltage Regulation/Control) were energised on November 30, 2021.
On the December 1, the 2 x 60MVA 132/33kV Transformers T3 & T4 were successfully energised.
Executive Director, Networks, NDPHC, Ifeoluwa Oyedele, said the Lafia 330/132/33kV substation was the newest of its kind in the grid and equipped with state-of-the-art digital control and protection facilities with fully functional Human-Machine-Interface (HMI) that enhances real-time operational flexibility, monitoring & control of all the Substation electrical variables.
Governor Abdullahi Sule, who witnessed the inauguration, said: The Lafia Substation was successfully tested and connected to the grid” and expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done.”
The substation can deliver and meet 240mw of load demand.
“The project will enhance and guarantee uninterrupted power supply to Nasarawa and its immediate surrounding States. Before now, even the Government House, Lafia could not run on electricity from the distribution network because the 33kv line that comes from Akwanga was overloaded and inadequate to power the state capital and its environs.
“The project will also help to provide backfeed to FCT whenever necessary since FCT is being served from Shiroro and Geregu Power stations,” he said.
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has almost completed the reticulation of the distribution feeders that will ensure that residents of the state and its environs begin to immediately enjoy the benefit of the Lafia substation.
Meanwhile, it has awarded the contract for immediate installation and energizing of the Owerri NIPP 2 x 150MVA & 2 x 60MVA 330/132/33kV Owerri Transmission Substation. The contract was awarded to Messrs. Ak-AY Elektrik.
Media Adviser, NDPHC, ‘Sanya Adejokun, in a statement, said the transformers had been installed more than 10 years ago without them either being energised or even without adequate preservation.
“They were recently tested by experts who recommended vacuum drying process to remove ingressed moisture trapped inside these four power Transformers.
“It is, therefore, pertinent for them to first be uninstalled and transported to GTA Factory in Lagos for the oven drying and then delivered back to Owerri for final erection and energization,” he stated.
Executive Director, Networks at NDPHC, Engr. IfeOluwa Oyedele, has already dispatched letters to His Excellency, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), intimating them of the development.
According to Oyedele “There was no attempt to steal the transformers. The Indians are workers of GTA, subcontractors to our EPC Contractor, Messrs. Ak-Ay Elektric, who went to take the transformers to their workshop for vacuum drying and testing.
Oyedele also asked for the cooperation of citizens of Imo State at this time so that the Contractor can immediately commence work and for them to complete in record time.
This statement, therefore, corrects a misunderstanding about the intention and status of the Contractors as published by a section of the media at the weekend.
“We thank the Government and people of Imo State for their vigilance and sustained cooperation to ensure the protection and security of government properties and our workers”, Oyedele further stated.