The federal government said it will soon commissioned the already
completed 40 megawatts (MW) Kashimbilla hydropower plant, the Takum,
Wukari transmission substations in Taraba state and other projects to
boost national electricity grid.
The Minister of Power, Engr.
Sale Mamman confirmed this at the weekend during an inspection tour to
the plant along with the Minister of State, Mr Goddy Agba and other
dignitaries. They also inspected the plant’s 330/132 kilovolt (kV)
switchyard and the Takum 2×60 MVA, 132/33kV transmission substation. The
Project Manager in the Ministry of Power, Engr Ali-Dapshima Abubakar
who conducted them around the project sites said the Kashimbilla
Hydropower was upgraded from 6MW to 40MW.
He said the dam and
the hydropower components were completed since October 17, 2017; the
evacuation project was at 90% level in June, 2019 and will be ready for
power generation soon.
The dam will check flood threats from
Lake Nyos located along the Cameroon line of volcanic activity while
providing power. It will also provide water supply to about 400,000
people and boost irrigation for agriculture. At the Takum 2x60MVA,
132/33kV substation, Engr. Abubakar said the Wukari, Takun and
Kashimbilla power projects were 100% completed and ready to energize.
Mamman expressed satisfaction on the projects and assured of addressing
challenges to ensure they are energized. The Managing Director of the
Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr Usman Gur Mohammed said he was
satisfied with the substation’s work. Briefing the ministers, he said
when power is evacuated from the plant; it would serve the Northeast,
North-Central and the Southeast.