The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) has began the construction of a new 1×7.5MVA, 33/11KV injection substation with associated of 33KV/11KV & LT lines and installation of four 500KVA distribution substation transformer in Ekiti State
Speaking at a groundbreaking ceremony at Ido-Ekiti, the Executive Director, Networks, Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Engr. IfeOluwa Oyedele, disclosed that upon completion, the project will add 15MW to the electricity needs of the state.
Oyedele, also stated that NDPHC had completed five injection substations in Ekiti state since its inception.
He said the project upon completion would improve the socio economic wellbeing of the people of the benefiting communities.
According to him, “It is for the entire local government because the power requirement of the Ekiti state is in the region of about 250MW. When you add 10 to 15MW to that kind of load, you will see it is substantial.
“And when you reinforce this, it will relieve other substations of the load that they are presently carrying. It is something that the entire community and its environs will benefit from.
“Following the intervention of His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Ekiti state, we at NDPHC, in keeping with our mandate to improve electricity infrastructure in Nigeria, a tripartite ad-hoc committee comprising of NDPHC, BEDC and Ekiti state representative was set-up to assess the way to improve Electricity supply in Ekiti state.
“It may please your Excellency that this project we are flagging off today is part of the 10Nos. proposed NDPHC intervention project in Ekiti state. In scoping this project, we engaged with BEDC and we have been assured that the intervention of NDPHC in the improvement of electricity infrastructure in this community will align with their proposed infrastructure upgrade in the Community and the entire state.
“We have about five already completed distribution projects in the Ekiti state from the inception of NDPHC”, he said.
Oyedele also disclosed that the company has constructed and commissioned over 350 injection substations with a combined capacity of about 3540MW across the country.
Performing the ground breaking ceremony of the project, the Ekiti state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who noted that the power supply to the state was grossly inadequate, stated that the substation when completed will bridge the supply gap in the state.
Fayemi, who appreciated President Muhammadu Buhari and management of the NDPHC for the project, called for its early completion.
The Olujodo of Ido-Ekiti, Oba Ayorinde Ilori Faboro, in an interview with journalists, expressed his appreciation to the government and NDPHC, disclosing that with the project, businesses that had relocated from the community would come back.
“First of all, I am grateful to the government of the federation, for siting the substation here. Electricity is very important to us. We have suffered alot. Right now, I am using generator and I have spent a lot of money on diesel. The money that I should be using for my upkeep, I am spending it on generator.
“So, with this substation here and with the promise that it will improve electricity supply to my town, I am very happy. I am also grateful to the governor of Ekiti state, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company and all those who made it happened”.