NDPHC Cancels Rockson Engineering’s Transmission Project Contract
A new positive business orientation seems to be taking roots in the power sector as NDPHC has bared its fangs by descending on one of its major EPC contractors, Rockson Engineering for failing to deliver critical transmission project on schedule.
The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Limited has stripped Rockson Engineering of the contract for the construction of a critical power transmission line in the eastern electricity supply loop for repeated failure to fulfill the terms of the contract.
News of contract revocation broke when the NDPHC Managing Director, Mr. Chiedu Ugbo, presented status report on NDPHC Transmission Projects during the 16th edition of the monthly power sector operators’ meeting held at NDPHC’s transmission station in Ugwuaji, Enugu State. According to Ugbo, the contract for the construction of 330kV double circuit transmission line from Ihiala to Nnewi, both in Anambra State was retrieved from Rockson and subsequently handed over to North China Power to now execute.
In his submission, the MD, Chiedu Ugbo said, “The project was hitherto delayed by Rockson Engineering’s failure to provide the procured materials to North China. Work has now recommenced on the project,” he added.
He also informed that works on another critical transmission project, the 65-kilometre 330 double circuit transmission line from Afam to Ikot Ekpene, would be completed on time for its planned commissioning in August.
Rockson Engineering has been one of NDPHC’s major Engineering, Procurements, and Construction (EPC) contractors, having been engaged by it for the construction of its Egbema; Alaoji; Gbarain Ubie; and Omoku gas power plants, as well as several transmission projects under the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPPs) framework, the firm has however reportedly failed to meet its project delivery timelines.
In another development the MD, NDPHC assured that the several months of power supply disruption in Magboro, Ibafo, Mowe and others neighbouring communities in Ogun State would end soon, as the 33kV transmission line that supplies power to the areas has been energized.
He gave the assurance on the sidelines of the 16th monthly power stakeholders meeting organized by the company in Enugu adding that construction works on the lines had been completed
Calling on the residents of the affected communities to exercise more patience, the NDPHC boss stated that the energized line is being subjected to series of tests to detect possible faults after which the Ibadan Distribution Company would restore supply to the people, whom he commended for their patience and cooperation.