The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Monday, disclosed that it has commenced the construction of a 1×7.5 Megavolt Ampree (MVA), 33/11 Kilo Volt (KV) injection distribution substation in Orogun, Delta state.
The project, according to the company, would step down power from the already existing 33KV line to 11kV.
A statement issued in Abuja by the NDPHC’s Head, Communication and Public Relations, Mrs Olufunke Nwankwo quoted the company’s Managing Director, Mr Chiedu Ugbo, who spoke at the ground-breaking ceremony of the project as saying that the injection substation would boost power supply and economic activities in the community.
He said the injection substation was an NDPHC/National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) intervention project, adding that it also involved the construction of a 4km of 11KV line to distribute power to the community.
Ugbo, who disclosed that seven distribution transformers would be installed in the community, noted that with the injection substation in place, faults on the downstream line would not be allowed to trip the entire network.
“The project followed the passionate intervention of the Deputy Senate President, Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege to have the project in the community. Following the intervention of the Deputy Senate President, we at NDPHC in keeping with our mandate to improve electricity infrastructure in Nigeria visited Orogun community for location inspection.
“We discovered that the community electricity supply is being fed by the old Agbaroh-Abraka 33KV line which transverse swampy terrain. We also discovered that it is not adequate for the community hence this purposeful intervention by Niger Delta Power Holding Company at the instance of the Deputy Senate President,” he said.
Also speaking, Omo-Agege commended President Muhammadu Buhari for making significant efforts to end energy poverty by facilitating the provision of electricity to rural communities across the country.
He said the establishment of the power substation was one of the several initiatives of the administration aimed at addressing energy poverty in the country.
Earlier, the General Manager, Distribution, NDPHC, Mr Gadzama Mele, who gave details of the project, stated that the project involved the construction of 7.5MVA, 33/11kV injection substation and 4km of 11kV lines.
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