The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) has commenced a $18 million power plant project at Akruba, Lafia, Nassarawa state which comprises 2 X 150, 330/132 KV and 2 X 60 MVA, 132/33KV Injection Sub-Station power transformer. The power project is in line with the efforts put in place by the Federal government for a sustainable power generation and transmission.
The Managing Director (MD), Niger Delta Power Holding Company, Mr. Joseph Chiedu Ugbo, stated that the source of power currently in use at the Lafia environment is 33KV and gets its source from Akwanga power station which is 93km away from the state capital. He noted that the Akwanga station is unable to meet the increasing demand for electricity as a result of the increase in population at Lafia.
He said; “The project is estimated for $18million dollars, funded by both the Federal, State and Local government and would serve to supply both Lafia and its envisions. The substation is a 330KV power station and would serve to add up as a back-feed supply of power in the FCT in addition to the power sources from Gerogu and Shiroro plants.
“The two (2) 7.5 MVA (330/132) power transformers at the station would inject 13 megawatts of electricity to the existing supply to Lafia and environs. it will supply 15 units of 500kv distribution transformers, adding that a 500kv transformer have the capacity of supplying power to about 1,000 households.”
“This substation is of strategic importance to Nasarawa State as it boosts power supply to various parts of Nasarawa South Central District including Obi town and environs, the Federal University Lafia, the State House of Assembly Quarters and some other parts of Lafia City.”
He added that the project is being handled by a world class German company AK – AY Elektrik and gave a cogent assurance that the project will be completed before 31st December, 2018
Mr Ugbo in appreciation, thanked the Governor of Nassarawa State, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura for the efforts made to make the project feasible.