The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the weekly FEC meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.
The minister said that the contract covered engineering design, manufacture, supply, construction testing and commissioning of the line.
“The Federal Executive Council approved the award of contracts for the engineering design, manufacture, supply, construction and commissioning of Onitsha -Ifitedunu 132 KV Transmission line.
“And second, 2×60 MVA; 132 by 33kv substation at Ifitedunu for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) Plc. “So the two different lots include the engineering design,
manufacture, supply, construction testing and commissioning of the Onitsha-Ifitedunu 132 KV Transmission line and that is in favour of Messrs Sinotec-CCC International Joint Venture.
“The total cost of that project, which includes VAT and contingency and taxes comes up to N1.8 billion.
“The second lot is the engineering design, manufacture, supply, construction, testing and commissioning of 2×60 MVA; 132x33Kv substation at Ifitedunu and a 2×132 line bays extension at Onitsha. “And that contract is in favour of Messrs MBH Power Limited in a total sum of N2.15 billion, including VAT, contingency, et cetera.“
Nebo listed the communities that would benefit from the projects to include Awka, the capital of Anambra, Ifitedunu, Onitsha, Nnewi and Obosi.
According to him, the projects will stabilise the national grid and boost economic activities in the area.
“Anyone who knows the area and the amount of activities that go on there would know that that entire belt, which could be regarded as the industrial and manufacturing belt for the South-East, when you add Aba and so on, would know that the infrastructure for electricity, power delivery, is overstretched.
“Virtually every sub-station, injection sub-station, transformers that you have in the entire area, are heavily overloaded.
“But as a follow up to Mr President’s transformation agenda, TCN was mandated to find solutions to most of these problems.
“The communities that will benefit from this, just to name a few, include Awka, which is the capital territory of Anambra State, Ifitedunu, Onitsha, Nnewi, Obosi, et cetera.
“These communities, as I indicated earlier, could be regarded as the industrial, manufacturing, and small and medium enterprises belt of the entire geo-political zone.
“When this work is eventually completed, it will lead, in addition to the benefits to these communities, to the stabilisation of the national grid as well as making the national grid more reliable.” (NAN)