ASABA – The Delta government said a total of 115 electrification projects have been executed in the state since May 2015.
The Commissioner for Energy, NewWorld Safugha, who disclosed this on Wednesday in Asaba, the state capital, noted that although the power sector had been privatized, the state government had intervened because of the exigency in the sector.
Giving a breakdown of the projects, the commissioner said that while 83 of the projects were executed by the Ministry of Energy at the sum of N3.970, 903,110.76, the Rural Development Agency executed 32 at the cost of N507, 025.50.
Safugha said: “Under the electricity power supply, the government, in its intervention efforts, has facilitated the reconnection of communities to the national grid, reinforced, rehabilitated and upgraded electricity power supply infrastructure in the state.
Some of the projects, according to him, include the conversion of street lights operating stations from generator-powered in Asaba Metropolis, Warri and Effurun, Oghara Metropolis, Sapele and Ughelli to 33KV public utility.
The energy commissioner said the state government had reactivated a good number of transformer powered streetlights across the state which include the installation of 500KVA soundproof Caterpillar generator for Oporaza Town in Warri South-West Local Government Area; 150KVA and 50KVA soundproof Perkins generator set (Mikano) at the official residence of the DSS, Asaba and the Palace of the Obi of Owa in Ika North-East Local Government Area.
Others included provision and installation of 500KVA soundproof CAT generators and construction of Low Tension (LT) distribution network at the temporary site of the Nigerian Maritme University, Kurutie in Gbamaratu Kingdom, Warri South Local Government Area.
Among the achievements were the provision and installation of 250KVA, 150KVA and 30KVA soundproof Perkins generator at the former Office of the Deputy Governor along DBS Road, Asaba, Governor’s Lodge, Warri and at the Control Tower of the Asaba International Airport, Asaba.
He also stated that soundproof Perkins Generators were supplied and installed at Government House, Asaba; the Deputy Governor’s New Office in the Old Government House, Asaba and Deputy Governor’s Lodge, Asaba.
The ministry also installed new extended streetlights using 200Watts LED fittings from Amukpe/NTA roundabout to Total Filling station at Okirighwre Junction in Sapele Metropolis to boost the street light in that community.
On Energy Renewable Development, the commissioner stated that the Delta State government was focusing on renewable energy activities that were strategic to the realization of the present administration’s SMART agenda.
To this end, Safugha said the government had managed to forge ahead with several innovations, All-In-One Technology, that had kept a good number of the solar streetlights in the state in good condition.
He disclosed that some solar projects awarded, though still under various stages of execution and completion, were the installation of LED All-In-One Solar Streetlights at Okerenkoko; installation of All-In-One LED Solar Streetlights at Old Lagos-Asaba Road, Agbor and installation of All-In-One LED Solar Streetlights at Owa-Ekei Asaba Road.
Others are the installation of All-In-One LED Solar Streetlights at Old Lagos Asaba Road, Agbor and rehabilitation of Solar Streetlights at Owa-Alero Ika North-East Local Government Area.
He also said that there was an installation of a pilot 3x10KVA Solar PV power generating system complete with inverters and battery bank for broken down streetlights fitted with 60watts energy saving LED lamps at DDPA Housing Estate, Asaba and the installation of 12 100watt Solar powered and 25KVA Inverter system at Owa Alero General Hospital Ika North-East Local Government Area.