The Niger Delta Power Holding Company on Tuesday announced that it was building and had also completed several electricity distribution substations with the cumulative capacity to evacuate about 750 megawatts and valued at approximately N225bn.
It stated that the power distribution substations, which are about 50 in number, had an average worth of N300m each, adding that it was important for electricity distribution companies to take over the facilities in order to help improve power supply in their respective franchise areas.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, NDPHC, Chiedu Ugbo, who disclosed this after he inaugurated the 1×15MVA, 33/11kv injection substation in Angwan Dosa, Kaduna State, stated that other substations were either completed or ongoing in almost all states in Nigeria.
Commenting on the cumulative capacity of the completed and ongoing substations of the NDPHC, Ugbo said, “If you talk of distribution projects alone, the average is about 15MW per station and so you just multiply it by the number of stations, which is about 40 to 50 across the country.
“So, you can see the quantum of power that we are able to evacuate. It is important to state that the 15MW is the maximum. For instance, here in Angwan Dosa, they are doing 70 per cent of that capacity right now. Therefore, it all depends on what the load centres are able to take. But within peak load periods, the stations can deliver up to 70 per cent, meaning that people can consume more power now because they have the assets that are ready to serve them.”
Ugbo, however, stated that some power distribution companies had refused to take over the substations handed over to them by the NDPHC due to several reasons.
He said, “A substation like this will cost somewhere around N300m. We have several substations like this and the Discos have not taken them for so many reasons, especially when it has to do with difficulty to operationalise the stations, particularly when they are in remote areas and villages. They believe it does not make economic sense to take over stations in such areas.
“We deliberated on this in the power sector meeting. The ministry, minister and the regulator, together with the NDPHC, are all working to see how this challenge will be resolved. We have quite a number of these substations and I can’t tell you the actual figure (that has not been taken over yet by the Discos) now.”