Stations upgrade to boost Lagos power supplies



LAGOS, (CAJ News) – POWER supplies in Lagos are set to improve following the upgrading of some substations in the region.

Pivot Engineering Company Limited (PECL) and some partners including Siemens Transmission and Distribution, SAS France and Siemens Nigeria Limited, completed the exercise.

The substations are in Ajah, Alagbon (Ikoyi) and Lekki and areas.

Upgrading of the three substations is part of the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) intervention of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), itself an initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria, to add significant new generation capacity to the country’s electricity supply system together with associated transmission, distribution and gas supply infrastructure.

Bayo Oluwafemi, the General Manager of Projects of Pivot Engineering, said the three substations upgraded were unique and among the few gas-insulated
switchgears substations embarked upon by NDPHC.

The majority of the other substations have air insulated switchgear.

“These substations would also bring about economic benefit by strengthening the national power grid to enable the government achieve its long term target of realizing 10 000MW,” he added.

Before the NDPHC intervention, Ajah substation had installed capacity of  330KV 300MVA. Ajah Substation has been expanded under the NIPP initiative by the addition of 330KV 150MVA and 132KV100MVA. The old 132KV GIS system was extended and new 330KV GIS System was installed at Ajah.

There was no substation at Lekki before the NDPHC intervention.

As a result of growth and expansion in Lekki, NDPHC contracted the Pivot-Siemens Consortium to construct the new Lekki 132/33KV 120MVA GIS Substation to also provide reliable, quality power to Lekki axis of Lagos state.

The scope of work included but was not limited to the installation of new 132KV GIS System and 33KV indoor switchgear to evacuate power though 8Nos 33KV feeders.

Director of Projects at Pivot Engineering, Robin Evans, said the company was happy to collaborate with the NDPHCd in bringing its expertise and those of its partners in electrical, mechanical and civil works to bear on the power sector.

“Nigeria needs the support of its people to maintain these public infrastructure,” he said.

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