NIPP to Boost Transmission Infrastructure by N540b Investments – Ugbo
The Managing Director/CEO of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC), Mr Chiedu Ugbo has declared that the organization has embarked on an investment of over $1.5 billion (N540 billion) in upscaling the national Transmission infrastructure.
Mr Ugbo made the declaration during the Guardian Newspaper Power Summit, “Beyond Rhetoric: Turning Nigeria’s Power Sector Value Chain Potential to Profit”, held recently in Lagos. According to him, NDPHC has embarked on several transmission, distribution and gas projects to bridge infrastructure gap in the power sector.
The investment expected to boost the transmission wheeling capacity include 5,590 MVA of 330/132kV transformer capacity; 313 MVA of 132/33kV transformer capacity; 2,194 km of 330kV lines; 809 km of 132kV lines; 10 new 330kV S/Stations; seven new 132kV S/Stations and expansion of 36 existing 330kV and 132kV S/Stations.
Ugbo said “The interventions in the various segments of gas transportation, transmission and distribution infrastructure are meant to be transferred to appropriate licensee and statutory agencies while generation assets are to be privatised”.
Mr Ugbo however lamented DistributionCompanies’ inability to pick the adequately load or power being generated by the Generating Stations including NIPP stations. For him, with the resolution of the gas supply challenge for the plants in the West and Niger Delta and the gas and transmission infrastructure challenge in the Eastern Delta thus leading to improved generation, the sector was facing a new set of challenges, which include resultant generation constraint as a result of system frequency control arising from DisCos Load Rejection which he believes should be resolved as quickly as possible.