=== (AGENDAWATCHDOH) === According to a new report, approximately 3,400 megawatts, MW, have been contributed to the national grid, by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPHC, a key intervention agency in the power sector, which has also delivered 22 substations.
According to the National Integrated Power Projects, NIPP project report from 2015 to 2021, made available to newsmen, it was indicated that the NIPP programme is currently in its second phase that traverses transmission projects, distribution, and renewable energy.
Through six NIPP, the report disclosed that in the first phase, NDPHC, which is owned by the three tiers of government, kick-started the first phase of NIPP with the construction of 10 gas-fired power plants, which it calls ‘The Big Ten’, especially in the Niger Delta.
These projects have been essential to fast-tracking the development of the Nigerian power sector, tackling major problems, and meeting the NDPHC’s mandate of lighting the nation. From 2015 to 2021, several projects have been completed or ongoing with lots of progress recorded.
It stated that six NIPP power plants can now generate 3,400MW electricity for the national grid, while the four other plants are still under construction, even as some of their turbines operate partially.
NDPHC also said from 2015 to 2019, it completed 2,194 kilometers, km, of 330 kilovolt, kV, and 887km of 132kV transmission lines, respectively, adding that the country now has 10 new 330/132kV substations and eight 132/33kV substations connected to the national grid. These have added 5590MVA/330kV and 3493MVA/132kV capacity levels, respectively.
Also, from June 2019 to January 2021, NDPHC’s transmission Department completed four new substations, boosting the national grid’s capacity further by 180MVA (Awka and Nkalagu substations).
While the Ihiala and Orlu GIS substations have been completed with a total of 120MVA capacity, the NDPHC has to wait for other associated projects to be completed, before the substations can be connected to the national grid. In terms of transmission, the NDPHC has made commendable progress, with all projects at an average of 80 per cent completion.
PROJECTED IMPACT: The benefits of these projects are enormous, as it has upscaled the nation’s reduction of Aggregate of Technical, Collection and Commercial Losses, ATC& C losses, improved on Health, Safety and Environment, HSE, while incorporating safety valves and different layers of systems protective devices; with other benefits including better cost recovery systems and Returns on Investment, RoI, inclusive growth, and multi-sectoral multiplier effects with positive impacts on the broad spectrum of the nation’s economy.