By; VITALIS UGOH, Calabar
The Head of Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, has said that the Federal government is doing everything possible to fix and improve the power situation in the country.
As a result, she has enjoined the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) to cooperate with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in order to achieve the desired goal by 2020.
She made the call in Calabar yesterday while commissioning the 60MVA, 132/33KVA transformer at Calabar substation in Cross River State.
She said the transfer will provide the necessary operational flexibility and, as such, ensure stable and reliable power delivery to the distribution companies and other class of customers connected directly to the National grid.
Oyo-Ita added “as part of the program, another milestone has been achieved in the ancient city of Calabar, the capital of Cross River state with the installation of additional 1x60MVA transformer at Calabar substation”.
According to her, “the capacity of the substation at 132/33KV, prior to this installation was 180 MVA. Therefore, with this installation, the capacity has been raised to 240MWA.
She said “with the commissioning of the 1x60MVA, 133/33KV transformers, the catchment communities under the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution company will expect remarkable improvement in power supply.
They are Calabar- municipalpity, Calabar South, Odukpani, Bakassi, Oguoha, Okim, Yakurr, Itigidi, Ugep, Obudu and environs.
Oyo-Ita said “with this development, TCN has not only establishes adequate transformer capacity to serve these parts of Calabar but has also provided the necessary redundancy in line with the requirements or N-1 reliability criterion at Calabar transmission substations at present”.
She added that the implementation of the transmission rehabilitation and expansion. Program (TRRP) has received significant support from international donors and is expected to not only stabilise but expand the grid to 20,000MW in the next three to four years
Oyo -Ita said that the component of the programme is supported by World Bank is worth over 476 million US dollars was approved early February 2018.
Earlier, the Managing Director/CEO of Transmission Company of Nigeria, Mallam Unman Gur Mohammed who was represented by Engr. Victor Adewumi, said “TCN is making history today with the commissioning of three number transformers in one single day. Aside the commissioning of the 60MVA power transformer her in Calabar, the governor of Akwa Ibom state is also commissioning another 60MVA power transformer in TCN’d substation in Your, while in Alimosho transmission substation Lagos”.
According to him, “in the last one year, TCN engineers have installed several transformers and other equipment using in-house capacity”.
Recently, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Rani Fashola (SAN) in Umuahia said ” TCN is set to commission over 90 transmission projects before the end of this year”.
Speaking at the occasion, the village head of Essien Town, landlord for the TCN, appealed to the company to engage qualified youths from the area, pay welfare packages to the village head and other chiefs as well as carry out renovation work at its council hall.
The village chief Esseien Inang Offiong spoke through the secretary of council, Snr. Apostle P. O. Asuquo.