28 March 2013, Benin – The National Integrated Power Project, NIPP, being executed by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company of Nigeria, NDPHCN, in Ihovbor, Edo State, will be completed in April this year, the Federal Government has said.#
Mr. James Olotu, NDPHCN managing director, disclosed this, Tuesday in Benin City, during the commissioning of the 2×15 MVA 33/11 KV injection sub-station constructed by the NIPP in Ugbowo, Benin City.
According to him, each of the units of the power plant, when completed, will generate and transit 125 mega watts of electricity into the national grid.
“The power plant is about 98 per cent completed. Hopefully by April, the first unit of the power plant will come on stream to give us about 125 mega watts.
“The power plant has four units, it is our hope that in the next one month, one unit will come into the system from April. So by June-July, all the units should have been ready,” Olotu said.
Speaking on the newly commissioned injection sub-station, expected to boost power supply in Ugbowo and Oloku areas of Benin City, Olotu said: “If the sub-station is well maintained, it can last for 30 years or more.
“The Federal Government is determined to improve power supply in the country and that is why there are so many intervention programmes currently on going. We also have lines that are coming from the sub-stations and distributing power to localities around here.”
Managing Director, Benin Electricity Distribution Company, Engr. Effiong Umoren, in his speech at the occasion, said the commissioning of the project will bring relief to electricity consumers in many communities in theEdo State capital.