May 24, 2018

Lost and found, careless NEPA

Lost and found, careless NEPA

Whoever heard of electricity being stranded? Apparently it is a possibility even though we’re not quite sure how it happens. The electricity is generated but between the point of generation and passing through power plants,  some of it gets stranded and has to be recovered.

The Niger Delta Power Holding Company of Nigeria (NDPHC),  managers of the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPPs), has initiated efforts to recover more than 800 megawatts (MW) of electricity generated from but stranded in some of its power plants within the eastern supply loop.

To this end, NDPHC monday began an evaluation tour of its electricity transmission projects in the eastern axis, which it said had been held back from completion by alleged sundry sabotage of work on the projects.

The new effort is aimed at sorting out extant holdbacks to the projects’ completion timeline and wheeling of generated electricity from power plants in the axis, which are said to now generate but cannot wheel out their outputs to the national grid.

Delays in completion of the almost 200 kilometres eastern transmission loop stretching from Ikot Ekpene in Akwa Ibom State to Ugwuaji in Enugu State for almost two years has resulted in such supply shut in, as well as project cost overrun.

Officials of NDPHC told journalists during the evaluation tour across the affected states that there are about 45 instances of sabotage on its transmission projects on the eastern axis in the form of repeated community and institutional encroachments on transmission Rights of Way (RoW) as well as court orders stopping their contractors from going ahead with work. Read more


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