FG Okays 150 Mgw Power Step-Down For Delta

DELTA State Commissioner for Power and Energy, Mr Charles Emetulu, said that the state government has received approval to step down 150 megawatts of electricity in Asaba.

Emetulu told newsmen in Asaba that Asaba remained the only state capital in the country with its electricity supply from another state.

Our correspondent reports that the Power Holding Company Nigeria (PHCN) in Asaba confirmed that the state capital currently received a maximum of 23 megawatts electricity per day from Obosi Power Substation in Anambra.

According to PHCN, Asaba needs on the average, 100 megawatts of electricity per day to solve its current energy needs, being one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

He said that the state government had secured approval from the federal government to build a power substation that would enable the step down of 150 mw of electricity in Asaba from the power flow from Okpai.

“As a state, our daily power need is about 1,010 megawatts, but we can barely get up to 100 megawatts of electricity to address our energy needs.

“Moreso that the state has three power plants, especially that of Okpai which generates about 458 megawatts of electricity and not a single drop for use in the state.

“All the power generated from Okpai is transmitted straight to Obosi from where the state capital gets its supply, this is not good for the development of the state.’’

He added that “with the approval for the step down of 150 mw of electricity in Asaba, the problems of erratic electricity supply in the area will be resolved with the completion of the project.’’

He said that with the deregulation of the power sector, the state Independent Power Project when completed would boost the energy supply for its industrialisation needs.