Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, yesterday commissioned a World Bank funded N970 million 2x60MVA, 132/33kv transmission substation in Karu, Abuja with a charge to residence to protect the facility.
Nebo noted that while government was making effort to ensure that Nigerians have access to quality and sufficient electricity supply for both commercial and domestic uses, acts of vandalism were derailing progress.
To this end, he charged residents of Karu to take control of the substation which is located in their neighbourhood and protect it from vandals.
“With today’s commissioning, the transmission inadequacy in Karu area has been squarely addressed, more so with the upgrading of the over-stretched 33KV transmission line all the way from Apo transmission substation to the current 132KV line at your door step to reduce technical losses,” Nebo said.
He added that the hitherto inadequate 30MVA power transformer capacity has now been upgraded to 120MVA to accommodate the higher load demand forecast in Vision 20:2020.
“Let me again plead that the people of the entire area do everything you can to protect what is yours. Nobody will ever come and carry this substation to another part of Nigeria. But unless you protect it, people who do not like the country or want the country to develop will vandalise this,” he said.
Earlier, the managing director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Don Priestman, pointed out that the completion of the substation has resulted in more stable power supply to electricity customers in Karu, Nyanya, Jikwoyi, Kurudu, Orozo, all in FCT and Mararaba in Nassarawa State.
The project was awarded in September 2007 to the Joint Venture of Shreem-Jyoti and MBH Power Engineering consortium for $6.066million.
The scope of the contract was to design, manufacture and installation of 2x60MVA, 132/33kv transformer substation with all associated equipment including the provision of six outgoing 33kv feeders and the re-conducting of 10km of Apo-Karu 132kv transmission line with higher current carrying capacity conductor.