Chris Steven, Abuja
Minister of Power,Works, Housing and Urban Development, Babatunde Fashola has given indications that 215 additional megawatt of power would soon come on stream to strengthen the national grid.
This followed the approval by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to complete the Kaduna Power plant at its weekly meeting which held at the Presidential Villa on Wednesday.
The project will include the construction of another sub-station to evacuate 40 megawatt of power from the Gurara hydro electric power plant, phase one to connect into kaduna.
Fashola who gave details of the approvals,said the project when completed will enable power inter connect to Mamdo transmission substation to strengthen the transmission grid.
He explained to State House correspondents that the project was first awarded in 2009 and should have been completed since 2012 but this administration in its magnanimity has decided to take up the project because of its benefits.
The Minister said said even as the dry season sets in,Nigerians should expect steady power supply.
He admitted that the metering system which had generated several complaints from Nigerians, still remains a challenge in the distribution chain of power in the country.
According to Fashola,irregular electricity tariffs charged customers were subject to loopholes in the distribution chain which the DISCOS and GENCOS were exploiting to their advantage.
He gave assurance that the challenges were being addressed by the appropriate government authorities.
“Council approved 215megawatt kaduna power plant. The memo sought procurement and implementation defects and lack of budget support for the project which was started 2009 and should have been completed in 2012, but we are now in the position that we can complete this project by next year to add 215 megawatt of power to the national grid.
“In particular,we will dedicate some of the power to Kudan dam in Kaduna to support industrial complex there.
“The second project was the construction of sub-station to evacuate 40 megawatt of power from the Gurara hydro electric power plant phase one to connect into kaduna and to enable it interconnect to Mamdo transmission substation. Thus strengthening the transmission grid.
“What these two approvals will do is to complete on-going projects which is a commitment of this administration.
“It will create work because contractors will return to site and also increase our power by 215 megawatt, from kaduna we will get 40 megawatt extra into the grid from gurara phase 1 and we are also expanding the transmission across the country,”the Power,Works, Housing and Urban Development Minister explained.