Power: FG Working To Evacuate Stranded 30MW In Kashimbilla


Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu has disclosed that the stranded 30 megawatts in the Kashimbilla hydropower plant would be added to the national grid once the evacuation infrastructure is completed within the next six months to one year.

The Kashimbilla hydropower plant has an installed capacity of 40 megawatts but only 10 megawatts is presently being evacuated.

Speaking recently during an inspection tour of the power plant in Taraba State and the 56km, 132KV transmission line from Yandev to Makurdi in Benue State, the Minister said, once the evacuation infrastructure is completed, the four turbines would evacuate the 40 megawatts, effectively.

He explained; “this inspection visit is to ensure accelerated completion of the facilities in order to ensure the remaining 30 megawatts is evacuated. We have begun the process and we have the assurance of the Contractors that this would be completed within the next six months to one year.

“The moment we are done with the evacuation infrastructure the stranded 30 megawatts will be evacuated, the entire four turbines will be working at full capacity of 10 megawatts each to make 40 megawatts and this will increase the generation capacity that will be evacuated into the national grid”, he said.

Adelabu who also visited the 132/33KV substation in Amua, Gboko Local government area of Benue State revealed that the four turbines installed in Kashimbilla power plant are working perfectly well and generating 100 per cent of the installed capacity.

Expressing displeasure that 30 megawatts is stranded, the Minister said it is not economically good for the country, hence the need to ensure the accelerated completion of the evacuation infrastructure.

He reiterated the fact that the project is in line with the renewed hope agenda of Mr. President in ensuring that electricity is taken to every nook and cranny of the country.

The Special Adviser to the Honourable Minister on Strategic Communications and Media Relations, Bolaji Tunji in a statement said, Adelabu further revealed that more effort is geared towards improving power generating capacity across the power plants.

“We will also work on strengthening and expanding the capacity of the transmission grid so that as more power is generated, they can actually be wheeled to the grid. We are working on the infrastructure so that the DISCOs have enough to distribute to electricity consumers.”

The Kashimbilla project is in two phases. Phase one which is 100 percent completed includes 2x60MVA substations in Takumand Wukari Local government areas and 2×7.5MVA sub-station in Donga local government area, Taraba State.

The phase two includes the construction of the 56km transmission lines, construction of 132/33KVA substation in Yandev, Benue State where the generated power will be wheeled to the National grid,330KVA substation in Makurdi, construction of 2 x 60MVA substation in Ugba in Benue State, including the associated switching stations at Zaki Biam, Anyii and Buruku in Benue State.

Also speaking, the Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulazeez said that efforts are in top gear to make sure that the 132KV transmission line from Yandev to Apir in Markudi, is finished.
“By the time that transmission line is ready, we can evacuate all the power from the Kashimbilla plant”, he said.

Speaking on the 2nd phase of the evacuation, the Director, Renewable and Rural Access Department, Engr. Abubarka Ali-Dapshima said that the scope of the 2nd phase is to evacuate the 40MW completely to the grid.

“The beautiful thing about this project is that it is a renewable energy project which has the ability to mitigate the issues of climate change “.

The new addition is expected to facilitate the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Taraba and Benue States.

Surrounding communities in Taraba State especially those displaced by the Dam construction are already benefitting from the 10 megawatts currently being distributed directly from the 40 megawatts capacity plant.

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