In line with the Federal Government’s determination to improve power supply in the country, the construction of ten new medium sized power stations including associated transmission infrastructure, gas infrastructure and nationwide distribution projects under the National Integrated Power Project was embarked upon in 2006.
The distribution component of the project is to cater for the anticipated network improvement and enhance the evacuation of power from transmission stations to various load centres as well as distribute to the door steps of the numerous consumers across the country so as to address the epileptic power situation nationwide.
NIPP DISTRIBUTION PROJECTS
A total of 296 No. distribution projects grouped into 43 Lots spread throughout the country were awarded in February, 2007. Each of these projects included injection substations of varying capacities ranging from 2.5 MVA through 7.5 MVA to 15 MVA, with associated 33 kV and 11kV distribution lines complete with CSP transformers to serve numerous customers across the country. Apart from the original scope, there have been a good number of distribution intervention projects across the country totalling 72 to date, to meet peculiar needs. A breakdown of the projects and completion status of each component of the project is given below:
|S/N||QTY AWARDED||COMPLETED||% COMPLETION|
|2||2,198.16km 33kV lines||2,170.5km||98.7|
|3||4,645.28km 11kV lines||3,497.67||75.3|
|4||24,996No. CSP Transformers||19,756||79|
|5||5No. 100KVA Transformers|
|6||3No. 200KVA Transformers|
|7||31No. 300KVA Transformers|
|8||159No. 500KVA Transformers||24No|
DISTRIBUTION PROJECT CHALLENGES
- Slow pace of work by some Contractors resulting into re-assignment of some projects
- Reluctance of DISCOs to take over due to non-availability of DSOs
- Delay in certification by Nigerian Electricity management Services Agency(NEMSA).
- Security situation in some parts of the country
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