Fayemi said during a groundbreaking transmission infrastructure program for the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) that the state’s power supply was completely inadequate, stating that the infrastructure upgrade would fill the supply gap in the state.
He said it was necessary to complete the project as soon as possible. The project that is being built is a 1 × 7.5 MVA, 33/11 KV feed-in station with associated 33KV / 11KV and LT lines and the installation of four 500 KVA transformer transformers in Ido-Ekiti, Ekiti state.
Government power demand is expected to increase by about 15 MW, Executive Director, Networks, NDPHC, IfeOluwa Oyedele said the company has completed five substations in Ekiti state since its inception.
“It is for the entire local council as the state’s electricity needs are in the range of around 250 MW. If you add 10 to 15 MW to this type of load it is significant. And if you step this up, other substations will be relieved of the burden they are currently carrying.
It is something that will benefit the entire community and those around them, ”Oyedele said.
He noted that an ad hoc tripartite committee composed of representatives from the NDPHC, BEDC and Ekiti State was set up to assess the path to improving electricity supplies in the state.
Oyedele noted that the substation was part of the targeted recommendations to improve supplies, adding that the company had worked with BEDC and had been assured that the intervention is in line with the proposed infrastructure upgrade in the state.
He said NDPHC has built and commissioned over 350 injection stations across the country with a total capacity of approximately 3540 MW -kV transmission lines completed. This is in addition to the completion of 10 new 330/132 kV substations and eight new 132/33 kV substations that are connected to the national grid, increasing the capacities from 5590 MVA and 3493 MVA to 330 kV and 132 kV respectively will be increased significantly.
The Olujodo of Ido-Ekiti, Oba Ayorinde Ilori Faboro, was optimistic that companies that had moved out of the community would return with the project. He was grateful to the government for building the substation in his community.
“Electricity is very important to us. We suffered a lot. I currently use a generator and have spent a lot on diesel. The money I was supposed to be using for my living I spend on generators. I am very happy with this substation and the promise to improve my city’s electricity supply, ”he said.