Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) has said that it has completed and energised the multi-billion naira National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) Lafia transmission substation.
The contract for the 330/132/33kV substation aimed at strengthening electricity infrastructure and improve supply nationwide was awarded by the NDPHC in November 2016 while work commenced at the Akurba site in 2017.
Both the 2x150MVA 330/33kV transformers as well as the 75MVA reactor for voltage regulation/control and the 2 x 60MVA 132/33kV transformers, the company said, were successfully energised recently, Executive Director, Networks, NDPHC, Mr. Ife Oluwa Oyedele said the substation is currently the newest of its kind in the grid and equipped with world class digital control and protection facilities.
He said that the project also has fully functional human-machine-interface that enhances real-time operational flexibility, monitoring and control of all the substation’s electrical variables.
The Transmission Substation has the capacity to deliver and meet 240MW of load demand, the company noted. Meanwhile, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) will commence the final stage of the construction of its new Kaduna–Jos 330kV double circuit transmission line.
It said that this has started with the erection of eight triple-circuit towers at the intersection point of the new double circuit and existing single circuit 330kV transmission lines, to enable the stringing of the three 330kV lines.
“With this, the line will be upgraded from 500 megawatts (MW) energy wheeling capacity to 1,500MW, which is 200 percent capacity increase.
Consequently, TCN stated that there will be power outage on the 132kV Zaria- Kaduna transmission line, 33kV Turunku, and part of the 33kV Jaji feeder, from 8 am to 5 pm daily for the eight days indicated.