Monday, April 21, 2014

NIPP projects boost power supply with 1,150MW, NDPHC boss says

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The commission’s boss says four more power plants are to be commissioned before December.

Four of the ten new power projects executed under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) have contributed about 1,150 megawatts to the national grid.

This was disclosed by the managing director of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), James Olotu, in an interview in Lagos.

Mr. Olotu identified the new stations as those located in Olorunsogo in Ogun state, Omotosho in Ondo, Sapele in Delta, and Alaoji in Abia.

According to Mr. Olotu, the inspection of some of the NIPP projects located in the Eastern and Northern parts of the country, as well as Ibadan and other parts of the Western States, would soon commence.

“By next month, we will commission other projects in Ibadan and Benin, while the visit will continue till December,” the NDPHC boss said, adding that some of the contractors were given a deadline to round up their projects in June.

Mr. Olotu said power authorities would no longer condone the practice where contractors delay the completion of projects.

“The days of unnecessary delays in projects completion by contractors are over. Now, it is time for the delivery of projects, which is what we promised Nigerians,” he said.

He also said the Power Holding Company of Nigeria had promised that between 300 and 500 million cubic meters of gas would be made available and dedicated to the NIPP power plants.

“If we get that, I believe we will get more power into the grid. Therefore, this intervention that we are looking at today is aimed at enhancing the efficiency of power delivery,’’ he said.

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