FG will increase the power supply of Ekiti with an additional 204 MW

Abubakar said the federal government has started construction of a 132 kilovolt transmission line and a 2 x 60 megavolt ampere (MVA) transmission substation and switch station in the state for increase capacity to 204 megawatts.

The minister, who was speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony in Ado Ekiti, said the project consists of a 50 km stretch of 132 kV transmission line from Ikere (Ado Ekiti) with a bend in Ijesa Isu which ends at Ilupeju Ekiti.

Aliyu, represented by the general manager of TCN, Mr Sule Abdulazizsaid the project also included a 2X60MVA, 132/33kV transmission substation with four line bays at Ijesa Isu Ekiti with a switching station at Ikere (Ado Ekiti).

“For TCN, this is a very strategic project and we believe it will have a huge impact on bulk electricity transmission in Ekiti and its surroundings.

“The project is one of many undertaken by the Transmission Company of Nigeria as part of its grid expansion programme.

“Which is in line with Mr. President’s mandate for the expansion of the energy sector for sustainable development”, he said.

The Minister said that in various transmission regions nationwide, TCN is also executing substation and line projects which are all at various stages of execution.

“These are clear indications that the federal government is not wavering in its resolve to ensure that the nation’s electricity sector receives the desired boost.

“For residents of Ekiti State and surrounding areas, the additional 204MW capacity from the grid means that more bulk supply will be readily available for offtake by Benin DisCo for its customers in Ekiti. and surrounding areas,” he noted.

“The substations project will also support the removal of load in this axis and relieve the Ado-Ekiti substation which has been overloaded to ensure a more reliable supply of electricity to the inhabitants of Ekiti”, he said.

Aliyu called on residents of Ekiti to support the government’s efforts against the vandalism of electrical installations.

“We must demonstrate our collective responsibility for preserving the nation’s electrical equipment in and around our communities.

“So the government can focus on its grid expansion initiative instead of wasting funds replacing vandalized power infrastructure,” he said.

In his words, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti said the state receives only 26 MW of electricity from the national grid.

Fayemi represented by his Deputy, Mr. Bisi Egbeyemisaid that the level of electricity supply was worrying and largely insufficient in view of the energy needs of the state’s population which were estimated at 150 megawatts in 2014.

“Beyond this intolerable level, the quality of electricity supply is significantly below standard due to the unavailability of an adequate 132/33 KV transmission line.

“And associated equipment that can help improve the quality of electricity to be provided to our populations, especially those in the interior and rural areas”, he said.

According to him, although the project is from the federal government, when completed, it would complement the state government’s plan to improve the quality of energy supply to the state’s 16 local government areas.

Alan A. Seibert