The Benin Electricity Distribution plc (BEDC) has opened a new 2X15MVA 33/11Kv Injection sub-station, Asaba Mains at Ibusa in Delta State.
The sub-station, inaugurated by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, came just as the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) disclosed that Benin Disco was ranked as best performing Distribution Company, in third quarter of the year.
In a statement by the firm, BEDC Managing Director, Mrs. Funke Osibodu, said at the inauguration that progress had been recorded through improved power supply to Asaba and neighboring communities, including Ibusa and Ogwashi-Uku, which were recently linked to the national grid.
She said the opening of the sub-station was a breakthrough as it would improve power supply to industries, industrial clusters and commercial areas (through the construction of dedicated line to guarantee more hours of power supply) as well as residential communities.
The BEDC boss said customers in Okwe, Akuebulu, Jarret Ogbeofu, Osadebe Way, Okwe Housing Estate, Oduke, New Jerusalem, Malbovil, Paul Owumi, Osalabon, Alunazun-wan and its environs would benefit from the projects, adding that another sub-station at Ibusa is almost completed.
Fashola said the administration is committed to improving power generation and distribution in the country and that efforts were being put in to that effect.
He lauded the Delta State Government for partnering BEDC to ensure sustainable power. The minister noted that the progress made in power generation was due to the peace recorded in the Niger Delta, stressing that for the first time both Hydro and gas worked without interruption hence the improvement in power supply across the country.
At the occasion were the representative of the governor, Newworld Safugha, Delta State Commisioner for Energy, Minister of State for Power, Hon. Suleiman Hassan Zarma, MD/ CEO National Integrated Power Project, Mr. Chiedu Ugbo, Board and Executive Management of BEDC, monarchs and some key customers in Asaba.
Meanwhile, BEDC has hosted the 21st power stakeholders meeting held at the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) 330/132kv substation, Asaba.
Osibodu lauded the proposed Special Anti –Electricity Vandalism squad by the Inspector-General of Police to protect electricity assets and reduce vandalism and theft.
The Minister noted the progress in power sector with the performance improvements in Transmission Company of Nigeria, including the completion of transmission capacity expansion in Zaria and Funtua to improve transmission capacity.
He announced the installation of 40MVA mobile transformers in Auchi to be completed soon and an agreement with the Delta State government, Agip Okpai and communities to install a 330/132Kv substation at Kwale.
In a related development, Olorunsogo 1 plant emerged the best performing Gas Generating Company, while Jebba was elected the best performing Hydro GenCo, according to NERC.