The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved projects to shore up power supply across the country.
Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, briefed State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Aliyu said that the projects were aimed at strengthening the capacity of the Transmission Company of Nigeria(TCN) and shore up power supply in the country.
“I presented two memos to council today which council has approved; the first memo council approved the award of contract for design supply and installation of 1x60MBA, 132×33 KV transmission substation with associated 4×132 KV line bay extension at Hong local government and Adamawa in the sum of N6.5 billion consisting of two components one is offshore and onshore.
“ The offshore is 6.9 million dollars and the onshore is N3.3 billion at the CBN prevailing exchange rate and 7.5 per cent VAT; the delivery period is 24 months.
This seeks to raise the capacity of the supply around that area and it’s going to affect so many towns and villages, there’s a very important local government headquarters around that area.
“It is going to affect Song which is a local government headquarters in Adamawa state; Gombi is also another local government headquarters; Garkida town and then Hong.
“Then Mudi, Woba, Michika, Madagari. There is an existing 132 that passes through this area; so, what we’re doing now is to drop a substation there.
“The hope is by the time all these interventions we are making on the grid, reaches up to 11,000 or there about that it will be able to withstand and take it off; so, this is the intervention.’’
The minister said that the second memo also was to procure power transformers and associated spare parts for TCN to be deployed to six locations.
“One is to Aiyede in Oyo; Offshore component 1.8 billion dollars, the onshore is N98 million.
`The second one is Gusau in Zamfara; the third one is Kankia in Katsina state; the next one is Minna, Niger; then the fifth one is to Okearo in Ogun.
“The sixth one is in Damaturu, Yobe; this one is very peculiar because as you may be aware, for over one year, Maiduguri has not been enjoying full electricity.
“We were able to take electricity supply through an old line of 33 KV which we repaired and restored and were able to take 10 megawatts to Maiduguri over 130 kilometers on a 33 single circuit.
“We restored that around three to four months or thereabout; so they are enjoying but very little; by the time the electricity reaches Maiduguri, it will drop to six or seven megawatts because of losses along the way.’’
Aliyu said that the 330 takes power to Maiduguri was vandalised by insurgents.
He said that the ministry tried a number of times to restore it but the insurgents would go back and pull down the towers.
“So, we now decided, in the main time to take electricity through the 33 KVA which they are enjoying but not as they may like it to be. It’s being rationed around the time.
“So, we are currently procuring another 33 double circuit new one to Maiduguri along the same route.
“So the idea is if someone tampers with it, it is easy to restore it within a day or two, unlike the bigger one which is the 330 which takes weeks or months to restore because it’s in the bush.
“So, as it is now even the one that we have installed, we have been doing hide and seek, sometimes they will pull one two poles, we will repair and this is why we are doing this endeavour by the roadside; it is this to keep on restoring back.’’
He said that, at present, the contractor has returned to restore the main line, 330 that was vandalised some time back.
The minister said that, in order to have enough electricity for Damaturu and environs, from that substation Damaturu, and take some to Maiduguri, the project would boost the capacity of Damaturu substation.
“So, the sixth one which is at the cost of 6.7 million dollars while the local component is N1.3 billion for the Damaturu upgrade injection transformer.
“So, the total approved for these is the dollar component is 22. 6 million dollars and the naira component is N5.1 billion and the council graciously approved the two memos,’’ he said. (NAN)