Nigeria has successfully completed 8 multi-million power plants under the Federal Government’s National Independent Power Project (NIPP) aimed at increasing electricity generation in the highly populated country.
According to the company behind the construction of the plants, the Niger-Delta Power Holding Company(NDPHC), the plants installed include; 750MW Olorunsogo 11, 450MW Sapele, 434MW Geregu 11, 450MW Omotosho 11, 450MW Ihovbor, 450MW Alaoji, 563MW Calabar and 225MW Gbarain.
“The NDPHC has completed 2,194 km of 330-KV transmission lines and 809 km of 132-KV transmission lines; this is an increase of 46% and 13% respectively over the pre-NIPP status of grid infrastructure,” said NDPHC in a statement.
Additionally the company also constructed a total of 2,600 km of 11-kv and 1,700 km of 33-kv distribution lines for improving access to electricity. The NDPHC assets are the backbone of Nigeria’s power infrastructure.
The massive construction of these power projects has prevented the total collapse of electricity supply in Nigeria. The NDPHC noted that electricity supply has stabilized while incremental power supply is ongoing.
“When most of the NIPP projects are completed and are operational, power supply to Nigerians is expected to be better and drive the economy,” said NDPHC. The NDPHC however hinted the power distribution chain as the major hitch with the power supply in Nigeria and urged the government to give serious consideration to waiving duties on equipment for power duties for power projects.