‘Jebba power plants in­tact’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Ilorin

Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Main­stream En­ergy So­lu­tions for­merly Jebba Hy­dro Elec­tric Com­pany, Engr. Lamu Audu, yes­ter­day said the com­pany’s plants are in­tact and that there is noth­ing wrong with them.

Audu said con­trary to spec­u­la­tions, Jebba is not re­spon­si­ble for poor sup­ply in some parts of Ilorin, Kwara State, be­cause the com­pany only gen­er­ates elec­tric­ity and sends to the na­tional grid.

The hy­dro elec­tric com­pany, for­merly of the Power Hold­ing Com­pany of Nigeria (PHCN) is cur­rently run­ning five units out if its in­stalled ca­pac­ity of six units. An­other unit was added in Novem­ber last year, shoot­ing up the ca­pac­ity from 380 to 450 megawatts.

Speak­ing to Daily Trust, Lamu said: “Jebba doesn’t sup­ply to Ilorin at all and the prob­lem Ilorin has, has noth­ing to do with Jebba”, adding that the na­tional con­trol tower in Oshogbo, Osun State was re­spon­si­ble for dis­tri­bu­tion of power.

“If Ilorin is close to Jebba, it does not mean we are send­ing our power to Ilorin”, he stressed, not­ing that de­spite the in­suf­fi­cient wa­ter to run the plants, the com­pany has tried to sta­bi­lize.

He said: “If there is any­thing, it is not due to me­chan­i­cal fault but you know we are in the dry sea­son, we don’t have enough wa­ter to run all the units. So, nor­mally we try to man­age our reser­voir, we call it hy­dro reser­voir man­age­ment or hy­dro­log­i­cal man­age­ment so that we can use the re­main­ing wa­ter in our reser­voir till the next flood sea­son. We don’t run all the ma­chines at the same time. What we do is; we have what we call peak time and off peak time. When de­mand is high in the sys­tem, we call it peak time. In the evening when people are re­turn­ing from work, from five till around 11 pm, we call them peak hours, so we try to run all the units to be able to in­crease sup­ply in the sys­tem”.

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