For over two decades, Nasarawa state capital Lafia have been lamenting epileptic power supply characterized by incessant blackouts. Gov. Sule who understood the importance of stable electricity in a fast growing state ensured the Lafia began to enjoy 24 hours uninterrupted electricity and extended to other parts of the state.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa, who witnessed the technical commissioning of the Transmission Substation commended the successful completion of the project ”The Lafia Substation was successfully tested and connected to the grid.
” The transmission substation has the capacity to deliver and meet 240MW of load demand. The project will enhance and guarantee an uninterrupted power supply to Nasarawa and its immediate surrounding states.
” Before now, even the Government House, Lafia could not run on electricity from the distribution network because the 33kV line that comes from Akwanga is grossly overloaded and inadequate to power the State capital and its environs.
“The project will also help to provide back feed to FCT, whenever necessary since FCT is being served from Shiroro and Geregu Power Stations,” he said.
Oyedele said that already, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) had almost completed the reticulation of the distribution feeders that will ensure that residents of the State and its environs begin to immediately enjoy the full benefit of the completed Lafia Substation.
He said during construction, the project was a source of employment and capacity building to scores of Nigerians as most of the technicians and engineers on-site are Nigerians.
The Lafia 2X150 Mega Volt Ampere (MVA) 2X60 /132/33/330 Kilo Volt (kV) Transmission Substation has now been finished and energized, according to the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC).
Mr Sanya Adejokun, NDPHC’s Technical Adviser (Media), stated this in a statement in Abuja .
The Niger Delta Power Holding Company awarded the contract for the multi-billion Naira National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) 330/132/33kV Lafia Transmission Substation in November 2016, according to Adejokun.
Work on the Akurba facility began in 2017, according to Adejokun, who said that NIPP wanted to boost electrical infrastructure and improve supplies across the country.
“On November 30th, both the two x 150MVA 330/33kV Transformers T1 and T2, as well as the 75MVar Shunt Reactor (for Voltage Regulation / Control), were successfully energized.”
“By Wednesday, December 1st, 24 hours after the two 60MVA 132/33kV Transformers T3 & T4 were successfully energized.”
Mr IfeOluwa Oyedele, NDPHC’s Executive Director of Networks, said the Lafia 330/132/33kV Substation was the grid’s newest of its kind.
“And, equipped with World Class State-of-the-Art Digital Control and Protection facilities with fully functional Human-Machine-Interface (HMI) that enhances real-time operational flexibility, monitoring & control of all the Substation electrical variables,” he said.