NDPHC to rescue over 800mw stranded electricity
Imagine what additional 800megawatts of electricity would do for Nigerians. That is the amount of electricity produced and yet unable to get to Nigerians as a result of lack of transmission infrastructure. The good news however is that the management of the NDPHC has assured that it would do all that is possible to resolve the issues involved and get the electricity generated into the national grid.
The bleak declaration was made by the management of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPHC, who moaned the situation, blamed largely on the greed of the several community people and groups demanding for unreasonable compensation for the utilization of their land for transmission projects.
NDPHC officials informed that several transmission projects cannot be completed and commissioned for the people to start enjoying benefits of the huge investments made by the governments because of the selfish interests of some people.
According to the Executive Director in charge of Networks at NDPHC, Dr. Albert Okorogu, “The story out there is that government is not doing enough to provide electricity but these powers are stranded in many generation plants with people frustrating its evacuation and distribution to the nation.” He said adequate compensation had been made for cash crops, land, and structures around the way of the projects.
The management of NDPHC had organized a tour with press men round the 330Kilovoltage (KV) transmission lines connecting the 330mw Egbema plant around Ohaji in Imo State with links to Port Harcourt in Rivers State and Owerri in Imo State, and the communities where the lines are supposed to pass to see where new structures were erected right under the lines that can cause extensive damage and health implications, if the lines are eventually energized.
The structures are constructed in spite of the fact that adequate compensation had been made for cash crops, land, and structures along the way of the projects, Dr Okorogu added.
For the Head of Environment at NDPHC, Mr. Ben Iruoha, “We had gone through these processes sometimes more than twice due to legal constraints especially along the Port Harcourt, Egbema, Ikot Ekpene, Owerri axis where people go to get court injunctions to stop our nearly completed facilities for not paying them enough compensation or for us to pay them another round”.
He added that: “these encroachments and court injunctions have delayed transmission facilities that have caused stranded electricity supply in recent times especially from the 330MW Egbema NIPP, the Afam Power in Port Harcourt and 430MW Calabar plant in Odukpani.”
The management however reassured that all will be done to resolve the lingering problems so that this critical energy produced should be evacuated into the national grid to boost national development.
NDPHC, managers of the National Integrated Power Projects, NIPP, has constructed several mega projects in all three chains of the power system- power generation, transmission and distribution.