FG Inaugurates Power Stations

Namadi Sambo


THE federal government has completed the 560 megawatt-capacity Calabar Power Station built by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, NDPHC, under the National Integrated Power Project, NIPP, and will soon be inauguration. Namadi Sambo, Vice President, who stated this, also noted that Benin Generation Company and Ogorode, both of 450MW capacity each in Edo and Delta States, respectively, are waiting official commissioning.

Speaking at the inauguration of the Oke-Aro 330/132/33kV, a gigantic power transmission station built under the NIPP at Oke-Aro, a border town between Lagos and Ogun States, Sambo stated that the power plants in Gbarain, Bayelsa state, Omoku Power station in Rivers State and Egbema power station in Imo State are at various advanced stages of completion.

Under the first phase of the project mandate of the NDPHC, Sambo stated that the company has completed several power projects namely – the Geregu II, 434mw capacity in Kogi state, Omotosho II, 500 MW capacity in Ondo state, 750MW capacity Olorunsogo II power plant in Ogun state and Phase 1 504MW Alaoji thermal power station in Abia State. According to him, the scope and power infrastructure in the country shows that the Oke-Aro transmission station is the largest in capacity of all NIPP projects across the country in terms of transmission facilities.

The NDPHC has delivered several projects in Lagos before Oke-Aro was inaugurated. “These are: a new 330kVGas Insulated Substations (GIS) at Aja and the extension of the existing 132kVGIS there with 150MVA and 100MVA Transformers as well as theLekki 132kV GIS with 2x60MVA Transformers. All these projects have been completed and already in service.” Also on NDPHC/NIPP scorecard are: substations extension at Oworonsoki substation with 2x60MVA transformers; Ojo substation with 2x60MVA transformers; Agbara substation with 1x60MVA Transformer and Ikeja West substation with 1x150MVA respectively supplying electricity to the good people of Lagos and Ogun States.

“Meanwhile, construction works are nearing completion at Alagbon330/132/33kV GIS and 132kV Air Insulated Substation. OkeAro 330/132/33kV substation, one of NIPP’s several interventions within Lagos and Ogun states in these regards was equipped with large capacity 2nos 300MVA 330/132kV transformers, making the station the first of its kind in the grid with a total transformation capacity of 600MVA at the 330kV level. A 75MVAR 330kV shunt reactor was also installed for effective grid voltage control,” Sambo said.

NNPC Does Not Have Enough Fuel – MOMAN

Obafemi Olawore
Obafemi Olawore

THE Major Oil Marketers Association of Nigeria, MOMAN, has faulted the claim by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, that it has a stock of 1.2 billion litres of petrol. Obafemi Olawore, executive secretary, said such volume of petrol is equivalent to about 300 imported vessels, adding that there was nowhere in the country where such products could be stored.

He noted that by saying that they have 1.2 billion litres in the country; the corporation is simply saying that they have approximately 300 ships loaded with petrol. Olawore challenged the NNPC to disclose where the stock of 1.2 billion litres is stored, adding that if the corporation gives the products to the marketers, they would distribute it to Nigerians.

“You are talking about the NNPC; NNPC said they have 1.2 billion litres but anybody, who tells you that, you should ask him where the stock is. They should tell us where the stock is located. Remember that I told you that if they give it to us, we will distribute because we are not fighting the Nigerian public. What we are saying is that they should pay us our money. Because of the love we have for Nigeria, if the NNPC gives us products, we will distribute but I can tell you that 1.2 billion litres is about 8.9 million metric tonnes, which is equivalent to 298 ship load of petrol because each vessel carries 30,000 metric tonnes,” he said.

Olawore stated that the petrol in circulation at the moment was the one imported by the NNPC, adding that because the volume is very small, many tankers are struggling and causing traffic congestion in Apapa.

The NNPC had in a recent statement stated that its downstream subsidiary, the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company, PPMC, had 1.2 billion litres of petrol in stock. According to the statement, the figure translated to 31 days sufficiency, going by the 40 million litres daily consumption of the product in the country.

— Jun 1, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT