Determined to boost steady power supply, the Delta State government said it has so far spent N48.4billion on 391 power projects in the state. State Commissioner for Energy, Hon. Charles Emetulu, who stated this while briefing journalists in Asaba Friday said the state required about 1008 Megawatts (MW) of electricity to meet its daily needs but about 100MW, representing 10 per cent of its requirement was available from the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
He said that the state was being served from five different 132/33kv transmission sub-stations, two of which were located in Sapele and Ughelli axis of the state and three outside it.
Emetulu pointed out that there were five power plants in the state that deliver power into the national grid – two at Sapele, two at Delta IV power station, Ekakpamre and one at Okpai, which was the only one operating at full capacity.
According to him, the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) recently commenced the installation of a 330/132/33kv sub-station with 1X150MVA power transformers to be connected to the existing 330kv Benin-Onitsha transmission line. He said from the N48,415,002,663.31 spent on power projects in five years by Governor Uduaghan’s administration, the state had a portfolio of 95 projects valued at N29,707,519,570.92 for the period May, 2011, to date.
“These include on-going projects that commenced before the period under review, such as the Delta State Independent Power Plant (IPP), which phase 1 (acquisition and installation of the power plant) was awarded in June, 2009, at a contract sum of N23,207,826,566.00 that has progressed to an advanced stage”, the Commissioner explained.
According to him, the sum of N5,874,695,939.60 was paid from May 2011, to date for the engineering and procurement of the 2Nos Rolls Royce Trent 64MW, product Nos.80A58001 and 80A58002 with S/N:A7788 and A7163 Gas Turbines and 2Nos 64 MW Brush Generators with Machine S/N: 921028010 and 921027010, including the civil works, administrative building, fencing and pile foundations for the turbines.
He however said the prohibitive cost of renewable energy technologies and inadequate Technological-Know-How on Renewable Energy, deregulation, huge investment cost of power projects, vandalisation of electricity projects and monopoly of generation, transmission and distribution by PHCN continued to pose serious threat to improved energy supply in the state.