Federal government commissions power switching station

By Rafat Salami

Hon . Minister of Power, Works & Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN(2nd left) Managing Director of Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited(NDPHC), Mr Chiedu Ugbo(2nd right) Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Dr Abubakar Atiku (right)Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom, Mr Moses Frank Ekpo(left),MD/ CEO, Cartlark International Ltd, Engr. Maryam Akanmode inspecting the Control Room shortly after the commissioning of the NIPP 330KV Switching Station by the Federal Government through the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State
Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has commissioned the Ikot-Ekpene-Alaoji-Ugwuaji Switching Station and Transmission Line in Akwa Ibom state.
The transmission line will solve the problem of evacuating electricity in Calabar Power, Afam VI Power, Ibom Power and Alaoji Power Plants.
In his remarks at the switching-on ceremony, Mr. Fashola expressed delight that “with the switching on of the transmission lines, the power plants that had stranded power problems such as Calabar Power Plant, Alaoji Power Plant, Ibom Power Plant and Afam VI Power plant, would now gradually increase their outputs until their full capacities were available to add an extra 1,246 Megawatts of usable generation capacity to the National Grid.”     
The Minister said the power plants are expected “to start increasing their daily output until their full capacity is available to add an extra 1,246 Megawatts of usable generation capacity to the National Grid”, adding that the completion of the project has proved wrong the insinuations from some quarters that the nation’s transmission capacity was static at 5000 MW.
Mr. Fashola also said government is working to ensure continues supply of gas to the plants with the Vice-President recently signing of a guarantee agreement to ensure gas supply to the Calabar Plant.
“What this means is that we are focused on progressing on our primary and short term goal of getting incremental power anywhere and everywhere, and committed to achieving the target set out by Mr. President in the short term”, the Minister said.
The milestone event had in attendance other senior officials of the Akwa Ibom State Government, traditional rulers and members of the host communities as well as Chief Executives of the Generation, Distribution and Transmission Companies in the power sector.