By Muyiwa Lucas
THE Federal Government, through the Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), will today energise the 33KV Transmission line of the Edo state government CCETC-Ossiomo 55megawaats (Mw) Independent Power Plant (IPP) project.
According to the state’s Ministry of Energy and Electricity, “the 33KV Transmission line will be energised from 10am-12noon today, as part of the testing and certification of the CCETC-Ossiomo Independent Power project.”
In a statement, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Electricity, Joy Ebhodaghe, said the transmission line will be energised from 10am-12noon.
“We wish to bring to the attention of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the general public that as part of the testing and certification of the CCETC-Ossiomo IPP by the Nigeria Electricity Services Agency (NEMSA), the 33KV Transmission line will be energised from 10.00am-12noon today,” the statement read.
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The project represents efforts by the state government under Governor Godwin Obaseki, to fix the energy crisis in the state through the provision of an alternative source of electricity supply to support the state’s industrialisation drive and create a competitive energy market.
Recall that the state government announced recently that the 55MW CCTEC-Ossiomo Power Plant was set for a test run to open up the state’s power sector for the benefit of residential and industrial consumers.
The CCETC-Ossiomo benefits from a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) entered with the Edo State Government, which paves way for the supply of stable electricity to government buildings and public utilities, such as hospitals, offices, street lights, the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium and other such public facilities.