The on-going National Integrated Power Project, NIPP, being executed in Ihovbor, Edo State, aimed at boosting power supply in the Niger Delta region, will be completed in April this year, according to the Federal Government.
This was made known yesterday by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Niger Delta Power Holding Company of Nigeria, owners of the NIPP, Mr. James Olotu, in Benin City, during the commissioning of the 2×15 MVA 33/11 KV injection sub-station constructed by the NIPP in Ugbowo, Benin City.
He said: “The power plant is about 98 per cent completed. Hopefully by April, the first unit of the power plant will come on stream to give us about 125 mega watts. The power plant has four units, it is our hope that in the next one month, one unit will come into the system from April. So by June-July, all the units should have been ready.”
On the newly commissioned injection sub-station, which will boost power supply in Ugbowo and Oloku areas of Benin City, Olotu said; “If the sub-station is well maintained, it can last for 30 years or more. The Federal Government is determined to improve power supply in the country and that is why there are so many intervention programmes currently on going. We also have lines that are coming from the sub-stations and distributing power to localities around here.”
Also speaking, Managing Director, Benin Electricity Distribution Company, Engr. Effiong Umoren, said with the commissioning of the project, electricity consumers in many communities in Benin City will experience improved power supply.