Again, NDPHC To Build 276mw Solar Power Plant In Nasarawa

Again, NDPHC To Build 276mw Solar Power Plant In Nasarawa

By David Christopher, Lafia

The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), owners of the 330 KVA Akurba power substation, have made known their plans to construct another 276 megawatts solar energy plan in Akurba, Nasarawa State.

Engineer Valerie Agberagba, General Manager, Renewable Energy of the company, disclosed this when she led a delegation on a courtesy visit at the Government House, on Thursday.

According to the NDPHC general manager, the company, which has a mandate to provide power infrastructure across the value chain to enhance the capacity of power in the country, is partnering with a US renewable energy company, to undertake the building of 10 untilty scales across the country, to a total of 1 gigawatts, which is about 1000 megawatts.

She added that, so far, the NDPHC has undertaken the establishment of 10 power plants across the country, with 8 already completed and added to the national grid while two are under completion.

She disclosed further that, considering the situation of the country, the company decided to locate these new plants close to the 330KVA substations built by the NDPHC.

Engineer Agberagba said specifically that, even though the Lafia  330KVA was the newest, Lafia substation was listed among the first five to be started next year, mostly because of the collaboration and support the company enjoyed from the Nasarawa State Government.

She explained that, even though the project will not be financed by the Federal Government, President Muhammadu Buhari gave his nod when officials of the US renewable energy company visited him four weeks back. 

“It’s one of the reasons that we are here today to solicit the cooperation of the state government. The project for Lafia as proposed by the development plan, is to be around 370 megawatts DC, which is giving us about 276 megawatts AC. We desire to have a land for this project,”  she stated.

She explained that, even though after her company wrote the state Governor requesting for a land to be approved for the project, directing them to liaise with the ministry of lands, the NDPHC still felt a need to seek further support directly from the Governor to fastract the acquisition of the land.

Engineer Agberagba said, like the Akurba power substation, the solar power plant when completed, will translate to more power for the state, create employment opportunities, as well as enhance economic activities.

Responding, Nasarawa State Governor, Engineer Abdullahi Sule, appreciated the NDPHC company for deciding to diversify into solar energy production, as according to him, renewable energy and specifically solar, has been identified as one of the major contributor to the country’s energy needs.

Engineer Sule said the decision by the company to build the solar energy plants close to the 330 KVA substations,  will also reduce waste due to transmission.

 He assured the NDPHC company that, even though the land belong to the community, his administration will pay the requisite compensation and acquire the land to enable the company carry out its project.

He equally appreciated ambassadors of the state within the NDPHC that have been facilitating continuous collaboration with the company on behalf of the state.