- The Guardian
The Federal Government of Nigeria has unveiled plans to begin work on power transmission lines in over six states to boost electricity supply in the country.
However, this was made possible by the clearing of about 77 containers laden with electricity construction materials now stranded at the Apapa Port in the last eight years.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, speaking at the commencement of the delivery of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) stranded containers, listed proposed works to include construction of new Abeokuta-Igboora double transmission line and 132KV double-circuit Tee-off at Igboora-Igangan.
Others are the construction of 2×60 Mega Volt Amp1 (MVA) 32/33kv-substation at Odogunyan and construction of 2x60MVA, 132/33Vsubsation at Ayobo, Ikeja West Ayobo 132KV Direct Current (DC ) transmission lines and 2x132kvline bays extension at Ikeja West.
The minister who was represented by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of TCN, Dr Abubaka Atiku, said that the release of the containers would also help in the construction of Benin North-Osogbo 330kv DC line with turning in and out to new Akure substation.
In his words: “The power equipment will assist in the construction of Kaduna-Jos 330KV DC line. Plateau and Kaduna states; installation of 1x60MVA and 1×30 MVA 132/33KV power transformers, auxiliary equipment and devices at GCM transmission substation in Onitsha; construction of 330KV D/C Kaduna power plant – Mando substation transmission line; and others.”
Fashola noted that it took several negotiations for the release of these power materials due to the accrued demurrage.
He disclosed that a lot of hard work was been put into negotiations for the release of these power materials due to the accrued demurrage as a result of the suspension of the issuance of import duty exemption certificate for some period in 2014.
He expressed his desire to see other shipping companies and terminal operators being supportive of the administration and cooperate in the effort to move other power project containers at their various terminals project .
The Managing Director, Duncan Bonded Terminal, Dr Godfrey Bawa, also speaking at the event said that as a major and front-runner Terminal Operator in Lagos, the company provides off-dock facilities to the Ports Authority for the purpose of eliminating congestion in the port.
Chairman, House of Representatives’ Committee on Power, Daniel Asuquo said: “We have taken into consideration when these containers will be delivered, and off course we will review the timing base on the deliverable we are expecting.