Tuesday, 26 March 2013

RSG To Replace Burnt Out Transformers In Port Harcourt

Augustine Wokocha
In the bid to stabilise and improve on power supply in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the Commissioner for Power, Hon. Augustine Wokocha, said that State Government has commenced work in replacing burnt out transformers in the state’s capital. 

Wokocha made mention of this at the Trans-Amadi Gas Turbine Station while handing over 25 unit of 500 KVA distribution transformers to the management of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, (PHEDC) for the replacement of burnt out transformers in the State on Friday, 22nd, March.

“As part of our scheme in power stabilization, we have noticed that some zones in the communities have either burnt out or over loaded transformers, and as part of our project, we have provided 280 transformers to be installed in the city as relief or replacement,” Hon. Wokocha said.
Rivers State Government had earlier embarked on the construction of Injection Sub-Stations across the State to support PHCN’s facility in the distribution of power.

The Project Coordinator of the Power Distribution Committee, Engr. Ema Gbole Wikina, reaffirmed what Hon. Wokocha.
‘‘We realized that the full import of this power development will not be felt because in the existing PHCN system there are areas that do not have power as a result of burnt out transformers, this exercise is to replace such transformers so that the full benefit of this power development project will be felt where it matters the most which is in homes of people,” he said.

Also speaking, the Acting General Manager Technical of the PHEDC, Engr. Vitus Duru, who received the transformers on behalf of his company commended the State Government’s effort in the area of power distribution.

Engr. Duru said, “I am grateful to the State Government for building these injection sub-station of which some have being completed, commissioned and handed over to us.  It is only through this kind of exercise that the consumers will know that the Government is indeed working.  We will pick up these transformers and place them where necessary”.

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