- Power plants within the region have evacuation challenges
- These challenges are due to transmission line limitations
- Stranded power in the region is more than 1000mw
- Ibom and Odukpani evacuate power via Aba - Itu line
- Odukpani will now evacuate power via the 330kv substation
- Ibom power alone will now use the Aba - Itu 132kv line
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has commissioned a 330kV switching station located in Ikot Ekpene local government in Akwa Ibom State to boost power evacuation from Ibom power, Odukpani, Alaoji and Afam power plants.
The substation, which will boost power evacuation from power plants within the South-East region is a project of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC).
Fashola said, “Where there is gas like here in Akwa Ibom, you have Ibom power plant with gas ready to go, Alaoji, Afam and Calabar power all ready to go, between them, they have a combined capacity of 1,800MW but they are delivering roughly about 600 to 700MW”.
“The rest of that power has no legs, it is stranded. This is why this switching station is important because it would help evacuate power from Ibom Power, Calabar Power, Alaoji Power and from Afam” the Minister stated.
The Managing Director of the NDPHC, Chiedu Ugbo who spoke at the commissioning said, “This commissioning of the Eastern Plants of transmission grid marks the beginning of the end of stranded power in southern and eastern axis of the grid”.
“It also marks the beginning of a more robust transmission grid that will no longer collapse as we now have better grid stability because of this work being commissioned” he said.
Speaking on the impact of this substation to Ibom power plant, the Deputy Managing Director of Ibom power, Engr. Nelson Usiere said prior to the commissioning of the 330kV substation, both Ibom power and Odukpani power plants evacuated power through the Aba – Itu 132kV transmission line.
‘With the commissioning of the 330kV substation, Calabar power plant will evacuate at 330kV directly to the National grid thereby leaving the Aba – Itu 132kV line that was previously shared by both power stations for Ibom Power to evacuate more power to the national grid’ he said.