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Monday, 2 December 2013

Minister of Power Prof Nebo charges Abuja DISCO to ensure 24 hours electricity supply

Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo has commissioned a 2 by 15 MVA 33/11 KV injection substation in Apo, FCT built by Renacs Engineering under the National Integrated Power Projects owned by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company NDPHC.

While commissioning the project, the minister urged KANN Consortium Utility, the new owners of Abuja Distribution Company to ensure 24 hour electricity supply in the FCT as soon as possible.

The minister commended the management of NDPHC led by its Managing Director, James Olotu for its infrastructural development in the power sector which spans generation, transmission and distribution.

On his part the MD NDPHC, James Olotu said the project is one of 294 others spread across the country to ensure that power generated is appropriately distributed to consumers.

He added that NDPHC has constructed over 5000 kilometres of transmission lines across the country and 10 generation companies, 2 of which have been commissioned and 4 ready for commissioning.

The managing Director of KANN Consortium Utility Company Ltd, owners of Abuja Distribution Company, Neil Croucher said 6 new injection substations will soon be commissioned in the FCT while 20 more are under construction.

Meanwhile, the chairman senate committee on Power, Senator Philip Aduda says the committee is not aware of any demand by private owners of electricity facilities in the country to increase tariff.

It would be recalled that the new owners had in a meeting with the Nigerian electricity regulatory commission NERC called for an upward review in tariff insisting that the current rate is not investor friendly.

Speaking to newsmen at the sidelines of the commissioning, Senator Aduda however said the committee will consider the request whenever it is brought to its notice.

He said the committee is aware of the initial setbacks encountered by the new owners and has invited the ministry of power and other stakeholders in the power sector to a roundtable on Tuesday to sort out the grey areas.

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