Governor Udom Emmanuel’s vision of steady power supply in Akwa Ibom State has further been boosted with the completion of the first phase of the 2x60kva transmission substation in Ekim, Mkpat Enin local government area of Akwa Ibom state.
The project, Governor Emmanuel had announced last weekend, would be commissioned by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as part of activities to mark the 32nd anniversary of the State creation, later this month.
Conducting newsmen around the station, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Power and Managing Director of Ibom Power Company, Engr Meyene Etukudo, said the power station executed in collaboration with the Transmission Company of Nigeria,TCN, currently has a 60MVA power transformer and three out going 33KV feeder bays.
“As you can hear from the humming sound, the energy is being received from the Ibom Power station we had done the test running of the equipment unannounced and everything is set for the official turning on of the station by the nation’s Number Two citizen.”
“During the commissioning exercise, the Vice President will enter the control room and load the feeder officially, and thereafter the station will be handed over to TCN”, he explained.
He said the Ekim sub-station will provide electricity to Ikot Abasi, Mkpat Enin, Onna, Oruk Anam, Eastern Obolo local government areas, maintaining that, Akwa Ibom State University, adjoining factories like the coconut oil refinery, metering manufacturing factory, syringe factory, the flour mill among others will gain more with the attendant reductions in their overhead costs.
Mr Etukudo added that electricity consumers in those areas will experience more hours of stable and sustained power supply, as TCN will boast of 48MW of bulk power supply for Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) to take off.
He said the second 60MVA transformer would be installed in the second phase of the project, adding that more feeders will also be installed to distribute more power to other parts of the state.
In the rural communities, lighting points and small household equipment form the bulk of consumption of electricity, hence the low consumption rate of power. So we are confident that the power will service the industries and the communities effectively, he added.