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National Grid Gets Major Boost As Kashimbilla Hydro Power Plants Adds 40 Megawatts

National Grid Gets Major Boost As Kashimbilla Hydro Power Plants Adds 40 Megawatts

The National grid may soon get a major boost with the addition of 30 megawatts from the Kashimbilla hydro power plant.

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

Not only this, 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.

Speaking during an inspection tour of Kashimbilla hydro power plant in Taraba State and the 56 km, 132KV transmission line from Yandev to Makurdi in Benue State, the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, said the Kashimbilla Power plant with its state-of- the art technology which includes automated tracking and monitoring system (SCADA), is working effectively.

Adelabu, who also visited the 132/33KV substation in Amua, Gboko Local government area, 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.
The power plant, according to him, has an installed capacity of 40 megawatts but only 10 megawatts is presently being evacuated adding that, the inspection visit is to ensure accelerated completion of the facilities in order to ensure the remaining 30 megawatts is evacuated.

Speaking further, the Minister said once the evacuation infrastructure is completed, the four turbines would evacuate the 40 megawatts, effectively saying 30 megawatts will be evacuated, while 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
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.

The Minister reiterated the fact that the project is in line with the renewed hope agenda of the President, in ensuring that electricity is taken to every nook and cranny of the country.
Adelabu further revealed that more effort is geared towards improving power generating capacity across the power plants.

The Kashimbilla project is in two phases. Phase one which is 100 percent completed includes 2x60MVA substations in Takumand Wukari Local government areas and 2x7.5MVA 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.


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