The Federal Authorities has commenced the development of a 132 kilovolts transmission line and a 2 by 60MVA transmission substation and a switching station in Ekiti state to lift the state’s capability by 204 megawatts (MW).
A press release issued in Abuja by the Normal Supervisor, Public Affairs, Transmission Firm of Nigeria (TCN), Ndidi Mbah, quoted the Minister of Energy, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, as talking throughout the groundbreaking ceremony in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday.
The minister mentioned the challenge consists of a 50 kilometre stretch of 132kV transmission line from Ikere (Ado Ekiti) with a flip in – end up at Ijesa Isu that terminates at Ilupeju Ekiti.
In accordance with him, it additionally has a 2X60MVA, 132/33kV transmission substation with 4 line bays at Ijesa Isu Ekiti with a switching station at Ikere (Ado Ekiti) within the state.
The minister, who was represented by the Managing Director and CEO of the Transmission Firm of Nigeria, TCN, Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, mentioned in varied transmission areas, nationwide, TCN is equally executing substations and features initiatives that are all at varied phases of execution.
“These are a transparent indication that the Federal Authorities shouldn’t be relenting in its dedication to make sure that the nation’s energy sector receives the specified increase. For the residents of Ekiti state and its environs, the extra 204MW capability to the grid implies that extra bulk provide might be available for off-take by Benin DisCo for its prospects in Ekiti and environs.
“The substations’ challenge additionally will deal with suppressed load on this axis and relieve the Ado-Ekiti substation which has been overburdened to make sure a extra dependable electrical energy provide to the folks of Ekiti’’, he mentioned.
The minister additionally known as on the Ekiti residents to help the federal government efforts in opposition to vandalism of energy services.
In his remarks, the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi mentioned, the state receives simply 26MW of electrical energy from the nationwide grid.
“This stage of electrical energy provide is worrisome and grossly insufficient going by the vitality wants of our inhabitants, estimated to be round 150 megawatts in 2014.
“Past this insupportable stage, the standard of the electrical energy provide is grossly under customary because of the non-availability of sufficient 132/33KV transmission line and the related tools that may assist enhance the standard of energy to be delivered to our folks, particularly these within the Inside and the agricultural areas’’, he mentioned.
Represented by his deputy, Bisi Egbeyemi, Fayemi mentioned though, the challenge is without doubt one of the Federal Authorities’s awarded contracts, “for us as a state, the challenge, when accomplished will complement the plans of the Ekiti state Authorities at bettering the standard of vitality provide to the 16 Native Authorities Areas of the state.”