The new Alaoji to Ikot Ekpene transmission line constructed under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) could raise the national grid by over 1,300 Megawatts (MW)of electricity when commissioned this month.
The 330KV Direct Circuit (DC) transmission line which links the 540mw Alaoji NIPP generation plant in Abia State, with the 563mw Calabar NIPP, other generating plants, as well as a mega Switching Station in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom State, has been enmeshed in hurdles of right of ways and other litigation for over two years. However, at the recent power sector stakeholders’ meeting in Sokoto, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) disclosed that the issues have been finally resolved and the line which passes through Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Abia and Enugu states widely called the North-South Loop was ready for commissioning by month end.
The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) is scheduled to run some checks on the lines and certify it safe before it will be commissioned. In his response on the completed project, NDPHC spokesman, Lawal Yakubu said the line is expected to evacuate a maximum of 2,500mw of power generated from the NIPP plants, Ibom Power and Afam Generation Company (GenCo). Yakubu said the NDPHC’s Managing Director, Mr. Chiedu Ugbo sought for out-of-court settlements with the communities with support from the governors of Enugu and Akwa Ibom state.
Source: Energy Mix Report