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REA, PRIVATE FIRMS PROVIDING POWER FOR 340,000  MSMES

July 26, 2019
 Iponri Market Energizing Economies Initiative Lithum Batteries Inverter Hub

The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) said through its Energizing Economies Initiative (EEI), the private sector developers will provide electricity access to over 80,000 shops across 16 economic clusters, empower over 340,000 Micro, Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (MEMEs), and create over 2,500 jobs while serving over 18 million Nigerians. In a statement, the Director of Promotions (Information and Outreach), Ayang Ogbe, said some of the markets where the power projects were operating included Sabon Gari Market (Kano), Ariaria Market (Abia) and Sura Shopping Complex (Lagos).

The Managing Director of REA, Damilola Ogunbiyi, in a statement, said, “Since the deployment of grid electricity solutions at various markets across the country, we are already witnessing positive environmental and economic impacts. This is the sort of intervention we look forward to scaling across Nigeria with support from financial institutions.” “The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing the technical advisory for the programme in line with its Power Africa Programme”.

USAID/Nigeria Mission Director, Stephen Haykin, said, “We are focused on ensuring initiatives like the Energizing Economies Initiative are designed and implemented with regulatory, legal, financial, transactional and project management support.”

IKEJA ELECTRIC DEPLOYS N500M 15MVA SUBSTATION

July 26, 2019
Ikeja Electric

Ikeja Electric has deepened investments on electricity supply in its network with the deployment of N500 million worth of 15MVA injection sub-station in Ifako Ijaye.

Speaking at the commissioning of the sub-station at Obawole, Ifako Ijaiye Local Council Development Area of Lagos State, Chief Executive Officer of the utility firm, Anthony Youdewei, said that Ikeja Electric would continue to improve services to its customers.

The investment of N500 million to put the sub-station in place was made based on re-assurance from the community that an outstanding bill of over N400 million by customers in the area would be paid.He called on the customers to take full advantage of the payment discounts adoption by the Company for it’s over N400million outstanding bills.

The customers led by the President, Obawole Community Development Association, Samuel Opajoni expressed satisfaction with the management of the power Distribution Company for commissioning the project. He assured the Company of total support by all landlords and tenants at the Obawole community particularly on the payment of their outstanding bills.

In an effort to facilitate debts owed the power industry, the Management of Ikeja Electric Plc. had earlier announced the commencement of a Debt Discount Initiative for customers under its network.

The scheme, according to the Company, which is designed specifically for unmetered Non-Maximum Demand (NMD) customers, was put in place to provide an avenue to support customers, especially those who are financially constrained by the present economic realities.

NERC PROPOSES 3 WAYS TO IMPROVE POWER SUPPLY IN NIGERIA

July 22, 2019
 Vice Chairman Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Engr. Sanusi Garba

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission {NERC} has proposed three ways to improve power supply and reduce Power outages in the Country.

The Vice Chairman of the Commission, Sanusi Garba, stated this  during a public consultation programme with electricity consumers in Kaduna State, on Monday with the theme; “Capping of Estimated Billing, Distribution Franchising and Competitive Transition Charge”.

Garba said that the event was aimed at interfacing with relevant stakeholders, adding that the three methods outlined in the theme of the event remains the lasting solutions to the power problem facing the country.

"NERC is here to share with you the capping of estimated billing, the distribution franchising and competitive transition charge". ”Normally, electricity consumers should all have access to meters, over 50 per cent consumers are not metered and some consumers are either under-served or not served at all. Energy theft is the major contributor of high tariffs, some consumers’ by pass meters without paying their bills. We want to discuss our ideas with you so that we can move forward and make regulations”, he said.

While speaking on capping of estimated bill, Yusuf Ibrahim of the Consumer Affairs Division of NERC mentioned that lack of adequate meters result to arbitrary billing.

He noted that bulk metering which normally result to bulk disconnection was not fair to consumers who pay their bills, noting that capping would ensure fair power bills to those without meters. He urged distribution companies to provide full information to their customers so they could obtain a meter.

Similarly, Abdullahi Bello who spoke on Distribution Franchising stated that the franchising would improve investment in power networks and ensure better service, adding that Distribution Franchising would serve as an avenue for communities or stakeholders to get involved and control their power supply through investment.

Another speaker, Abba Terab said that Competitive Transition Change would ensure competitive markets, customer’s fair billing and investors would have good returns.

TCN TO UPGRADE 7 POWER LINES, TARGETS 10,000MW SOON

July 22, 2019
Managing Director/CEO, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Gur Mohammed

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said it is set to raise transmission wheeling capacity to 10,000 megawatts (MW) this year by re-conducting seven critical lines nationwide.

The Managing Director/CEO of TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed, who revealed this on Wednesday in Abuja at the Company’s Quarterly Press Conference, said by December 2018, TCN had achieved 8,100MW wheeling capacity and hopes to step it up this year.

To attain the 10,000MW, Mohammed said TCN is procuring quad conductor, a high capacity conductor that could carry more bulk power capacity on the same transmission line.

According to him, “the conductors which we procure are lighter than the current conductors and can carry two and half times more power. Half of these conductors are arriving Nigeria on the 27th of this month.”

The seven critical lines include Onitsha-Awka-Oji River lines, the Ikeja West-Alimosho-Ogba-Ota line, and the Alimosho-Alausa line. The rest are, Kaduna-Zaria-Funtua-Gusau line, Birnin Kebbi-Sokoto, Aba-Itu, and Kumbotso-DanAgundi 132kV transmission line. Upon completion of those 132kV transmission lines re-conducting projects, Mohammed said that “we are going to recover between 2000 and 3,000MW which means the grid will shift from 8,100MW to at least 10,000MW.”

Mohammed also gave updates on some critical transmission projects the Company was executing with the $1.661 billion (dollars) multilateral donor funding it has secured, stating that there was need for the Distribution Companies (DisCos) to step up investments in their networks.

“We had a problem in Benin and Apo, these are some difficulties we have passed through, but the journey for stable grid is on track. Everything we are doing on the grid will amount to nothing except we have some investment on the side of distribution,” he noted.

On the other achievements of TCN, he said the Company has recovered 775 stranded containers from 800 units abandoned for over 10 years at the ports. The contents he said, have been used to complete several substations including the brand new Damaturu, Maiduguri and Ilashe substations.

 NERC MOVES TO ACCELERATE DEPLOYMENT OF METERS TO CONSUMERS

July 22, 2019
Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has disclosed that the ‘Proposing Order’ that it plans to introduce is expected to be a catalyst for the distribution companies (Discos) to fast-track deployment of meters to unmetered customers.

NERC’s Commissioner in charge of Consumer Affairs, Moses Arigu, gave the hint recently in Abuja at the “Public Consultation on Capping of Estimated Billing, Distribution Franchising and Competitive Transition Charge”.

He said that the various proposing options were aimed at improving on the services being rendered to the people. “We must bear in mind that while customers are being metered through Meter Assets Provider (MAP) scheme,  not all unmetered customers will be metered at the same time and those who are yet to be metered should not be arbitrarily billed. Thus, the Proposing Order is expected to be a catalyst for the DisCos to accelerate or fast-track deployment of meters to  customers.

“The commission will closely monitor the accelerated deployment of meters through MAP initiative; it is also worthy to note that the scheme is designed to tackle issues relating but not limited to adherence to timeline for replacement of faulty meters, timely metering of new connections and elimination of bulk billing/arbitrary billing,” he added.

NAPTIN BAGS THE GOLDEN EUROPE AWARD FOR QUALITY AND COMMERCIAL PRESTIGE

July 22, 2019
President/CEO Otherways Management and Consulting, Charbel S. Tabet (left). Deputy Director Public Affairs NAPTIN, Lawal Umar Muhammad, (middle) receiving the Golden Award on behalf of the Director General of NAPTIN, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode. Deputy Director Corporate Services NAPTIN, Akinkule Akerele (right), during the presentation of the Golden Europe Award

The National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN), has been presented with the Golden Europe Award for Quality and Commercial Prestige by the France based Association of OtherWays Management and Consulting.

The Institute was given the prestigious Award at the Intercontinental Hotel in Berlin Germany, on Monday the 15th of July 2019. The Award Ceremony attracted several Private Companies, Business Enterprises and Government Agencies from Five  Continents of the World.

The President /Chief Executive Officer of Association OtherWays Management and Consulting, Charbel S.  Tabet, while addressing participants and guests during the presentation ceremony, said "exceptional products quality and unique performance have uploaded your firm into becoming one of the exclusive authorized quality firms from all the five continents..."

Charbel also stressed that “the awarded Companies here tonight in Berlin, are true Ambassadors of quality in the world wide Business Community and it is for this reason, that OtherWays has the pleasure to honor the successful Companies at this ceremony”.

Speaking further, he said, “tonight you are writing your story in the Book of Business History; a book which talks about dedication, talents and innovation”.

While commenting on the Award given to NAPTIN, the Director General of the Institute, Ahmed Bolaji Nagode, who was represented by the Deputy Director Public Affairs in the Institute, Lawal Umar Muhammad described the Award as another milestone achievements of the Institute that is being acknowledged even beyond the shores of African Continent. He stressed that the Award will spur him on, to work harder in order to record more achievements, and that it is a clear recognition of NAPTIN'S role in Capacity Building beyond Nigeria and Africa as a whole

OAU TO GENERATE OWN ELECTRICITY, SAYS VC

July 22, 2019
The Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede

The Vice-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, has said the institution will complete its power generating plant in October and generate its own 24-hour electricity.

”Because of the fast pace of the work, the project will be delivered by October end. We are now very sure that by October end, the University will be generating its own electricity and what that means is that we will be off the national grid,” he said

Ogunbodede made this known recently at the biennial conference of the African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation held at OAU.

The Vice-Chancellor said the project, which started in 2017, would be ready by the end of October. He revealed that the institution was working with the Rural Electrification Agency under the Federal Government’s Energizing Education Project (EEP) in Universities to provide a gas-powered turbine which would generate 8.0 megawatts of electricity for the institution.

Ogunbodede stated further that by the time the project is delivered, the University would be saving between N35 million and N65 million in energy cost monthly.

He noted that the University’s daily energy need was below six megawatts, adding that the plant would also power the institution’s teaching hospital while the institution’s neighboring communities would also benefit from the excess energy that the plant would generate.

“We will be generating our own electricity on campus and will no longer be depending on the national grid. OAU will enjoy 24-hour power supply and that is exciting. It will enhance our research output among other developments”. “We will also have our dam. It is currently being renovated. We will be generating our own water and our own electricity,” he said

AEDC AUTOMATES CUSTOMERS’ CONTACT CENTRE

July 22, 2019

Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has upgraded its customer contact center with automated interactive multi-channel platforms for improved service delivery.

The Managing Director of AEDC, Ernest Mupwaya made this known in a statement in Abuja recently.

In the statement signed, by Oyebode Fadipe, AEDC’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mupwaya said the center was upgraded and automated in a bid to put the customer first.

Mupwaya said the call center, which had been in existence since June 2014 was upgraded because modern day customers had become used to demanding services from the comfort of their homes.

“The bid of the company to drive continuous improvement and engender customer centricity has pushed it to modernize and automate the customer contact center to a full-fledged one,” he said.

“Modern day customers have become accustomed to demanding for service from the comfort of their homes through virtual means enabled by technology”., saying that the new center was also expected to provide customers with notifications on cash drive and such other activities that affect the settlement of their electricity bill.

Specifically, he said the remodeled customer contact center would deliver on six services, which include interactive multi-channel customer contact.

“Using such platforms like the social media, emails, live chat and call in service, interactive voice response in pidgin and English languages, real time historical reporting, provision of telemarketing and outbound campaigns as well as skill based routing on billing, metering, payment and technical expertise,” he said.

On the issue of voice calls, he disclosed that two of the contact center numbers 08150181818 and 08150191919 hitherto in use had been phased out. Saying that a new number 08039070070 to enable customers reach the center through a 24/7 voice call without any network issue had been procured.

“The AEDC contact center can now be reached through any of the following numbers and other communication platforms. Voice call: 08039070070, 08152141414 and 08152151515,” he said, adding that customers could also Email: customercare@abujaelectricity.com. Other means of communication he said include live chat: www.abujaelectricity.com. Facebook: @abujaelectricityTwitter: @aedcelectricity. Instagram: @aedcelectricity

He stressed that AEDC as a player in a service industry critical to the life and business of the people cannot afford not to rise up to the demand of the customers. The AEDC boss said that successful 21st century businesses thrived by placing customers at the heart of them by breaking all barriers to customer engagement.

INCREASED POWER SUPPLY IS FUNDAMENTAL TO WEALTH CREATION - OBIANO

July 15, 2019
His Excellency,  the Governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano (3rd left) representative of the Permanent Secretary (Power), Emmanuel Nosike (first right) MD/CEO TCN , Usman Gur Mohammed (3rd right) flanked by other delegates  during the courtesy visit

The Executive Governor of Anambra State, His Excellency, Willie Obiano said increase in power supply is fundamental to creating a business-friendly environment where indigenes and non-indigenes can have opportunities for wealth creation.

He made this known when the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, (Power Sector), Louis Edozien, represented by the Director Transmission, Emmanuel Nosike and the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Gur Mohammed, paid him a courtesy visit recently at the Government House, Awka.

The Governor commended the Permanent Secretary and the TCN's team for the visit, and said that Anambra State had become a one-stop shop for investors, that this was confirmed in a recent publication by the Federal Government which revealed that the State came from the bottom to being number five in ease of doing business in Nigeria.

The Governor further added that he would do everything in his power to increase power supply in the area, and in the State generally. He noted that he had put together competent people as members of the power committee and expressed the hope that working together with the TCN team, Anambra State would in no distance time, be the light of the nation.

He called on the MD/CEO of TCN to investigate the non-completion of the 132/33kV substation at Ifite- dunu, which was awarded to MBH Power Limited for its completion would enable the delivery of more power through the 132kV transmission line from Onitsha.

The Permanent Secretary (Power), Louis Edozien, represented by the Director Transmission, Emmanuel Nosike promised the Governor that the Ministry in conjunction with TCN would do everything necessary to find solution to any electricity challenge in the State. He noted that with adequate electricity supply in Anambra State, places like Onitsha, Nnewi and industrial centers will have more energy to work with, businesses will thrive and poverty will be reduced.

The Managing Director of TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed lauded the efforts of Willie Obiano in getting things done in the State. He disclosed that in an effort to make electricity available in the country, the Company was working with State Governments to sort out Right of Way (RoW) issues which usually frustrates projects implementation. He appealed to the governor to assist TCN in resolving the Right of Way challenge along Nnobi axis, adding that TCN also needs support in acquiring land beside existing GCM Power Transmission Substation, to enable it increase its capacity with additional 60MVA and 100MVA 132/33kV power transformers.

The Governor who said he had been looking forward to the meeting, consented to TCN's requests, stating that he would meet with the Igwe, the Chairman of the Power Committee, the Secretary to the State Government, and Commissioner for lands to strategize on how to facilitate the acquisition of land and resolution of RoW issues to enable TCN fast track projects implementation

TCN PRESENTS PROGRESS REPORT ON TRANSMISSION PROJECTS

July 15, 2019
MD/CEO TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed (2nd right) Deputy Director, Press, Etore Efiom Thomas (first right) with other members of the Power Sector Communication Team after the meeting.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Gur Mohammed has said that the Company was working in tandem with the Federal Government's goal of providing adequate electricity to consumers in the country and that it had upgraded, rehabilitated, completed and commissioned several new substations, power transformers as well as transmission lines nationwide in the past couple of years, in line with the Company’s  Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme (TREP).

The MD/CEO said this Wednesday in his office in Abuja while hosting the July 2019 Meeting of the Power Sector Communication Team.

He said before TCN was seen as the weakest in the value chain but today, the Company had shown significant shift in the way transmission issues are handled.

He disclosed that TCN is effectively collaborating and co-operating with donor agencies to reinforce the system under the critical investment programme. The MD said the Company has received 1.66 billion dollars from multi-lateral donors to boost power supply in the country.

“As at today, the amount we have raised from multi-lateral donors has risen to 1.66 billion dollars to execute some power projects in the country. “These projects include the Abuja Wheeling Scheme that will bring five sub-stations and bring a new supply route to the territory. “The new route will be from Lafia to Abuja with 330 Kilo Volt (KV) line and two 330KV sub-stations in Abuja and put additional three numbers 132 KV sub-stations in the territory,’’  Mohammed said

He noted that in spite of the massive investments so far recorded by the sector from the transmission end, the distribution companies were yet to match it with a proportional upgrade of their equipment. He pointed out that power distribution companies require $4.3bn to recapitalize in order to effectively invest in their networks nationwide and improve electricity supply, saying “We have written to the government to recapitalize Discos. $4.3bn is required to stabilize the Discos”

According to Mohammed, the company has also recovered 775 power equipment containers out of 800 abandoned at the ports due to tariff related issues.

While appreciating the Power Sector Communication Team (PSCT) for the work they are doing, Mohammed charged them to make judicious use of the communication tools to bring about attitudinal and behavioral change in the citizenry as regards the sector

EU TO INVEST IN NIGERIA’S RENEWABLE ENERGY ENTREPRENEURS

July 15, 2019
Solar Panels

The European Union (EU) has revealed plans to invest in entrepreneurial ideas that will boost renewable energy in Nigeria.

The Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States, Ketil Karlsen, made this known at the Union’s ‘Green Event’, saying that the EU would continue to support all efforts toward ensuring that Nigeria meets its target of 30 percent energy mix by 2030.

He said the Union was enabling communities in Nigeria to harness solar power to generate renewable energy,  and that the EU had set aside €165m for intervention in the energy sector to improve access to over 90 million Nigerians and business owners without access to clean and affordable energy.

Karlson said, “So, already, there is so much to do to have access to energy to provide electricity to hospitals, health facilities, schools and for businesses. This is because by the end of the day, without having affordable energy supply, businesses will not be competitive. They will not be able to compete with other countries.

“We look for investment projects and opportunities to invest in young dynamic entrepreneurs that have the great ideas to boost the use of renewable energy. So, it is about finding the right formula that will allow that development to take place; that will allow that job creation to take place.’’

Stating that the EU would help in developing best practices for renewable energy in the country, Karlsen explained that ensuring the use of renewable energy should be done in a manner that would not affect the environment. “It should be done in a manner where we do not add to the already existing climate change in Nigeria and elsewhere. So, this is the resounding message that we are giving today; take this matter seriously,” he said.

IKEJA ELECTRIC BEGINS METER ROLL OUT IN UNILAG ESTATE

July 15, 2019
Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company

Residents of the University of Lagos (Unilag) Estate in Isheri, Lagos State, at the weekend commended Ikeja Electric (IE) for the installation of meters in the estate, under the Meter Asset Provider scheme (MAP).

Chairman of the Community Development Association (CDA), Bashir Momodu, said with the roll out of the meters, they could now control their consumption as they are paying for whatever they use.

Another landlord, Kunle Olaifa, while commending the Disco, noted that installation of meters will gradually eliminate the issue of outstanding bills left by tenants when vacating premises, which is always the nightmare of homeowners

On her part, Abimbola Ande expressed joy that with the installation of meters, the burden of crazy bills has been lifted off her. According to her, a new Nigeria is emerging, adding that she receives text messages informing her of any challenge whenever there is prolonged outage.

Responding, the Ag. Chief Commercial Officer Ikeja Electric, Ugochukwu Obi-Chukwu, reiterated IE’s commitment to bridging the metering gap across its network, through the MAP scheme. “Ikeja Electric is deploying the meters in two phases, starting with Shomolu, Ikorodu and Abule-Egba Business Units. The second phase will now include Akowonjo, Ikeja and Oshodi Business Units.

We have already commenced MAP in the Shomolu Business Unit, with the metering of Unilag Estate in Isheri and Magodo, which is currently ongoing. The unique demography of these areas actually made the survey of customers very easy,” he explained.

He advised customers to register for MAP through map.ikejaelectric.com using the account number on the bill to update their Know Your Customer (KYC) details, after which a survey will be carried out to determine the type of meter that will be suitable for their premises.
He said customers would be advised to pay based on the survey and the meter will be installed within 10 days after payment.

Obi-Chukwu noted that the Company has put measures in place to ensure that the meters are not by-passed, that there are monitoring team patrolling the network on daily basis to cross check the meters and whoever is caught to have by-passed the meter will be sanctioned accordingly.

“The offender will be made to pay fine of N50, 000 if its single phase meter and N100, 000 for by-passing three-phase meter. Also, such customer will be charged for loss of revenue by billing the customer, as determined by Ikeja Electric. The fine depends on the nature and level of by-pass,” he said.

PRESIDENT BUHARI URGES DISCOS TO BRACE UP

July 6, 2019
His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari  GCFR

President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday in Abuja has reiterated that the Federal Government would sustain efforts in building transmission infrastructure in the country, just as he urged Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to work harder in injecting more resources and technical expertise to improve the supply of electricity to the citizenry.

President Buhari, stated this when he received a delegation of Edo State Council of Traditional Rulers and chiefs led by Oba Ewuare II at the State House.

The President called on Nigerians to show more understanding with the DisCos and Federal Government, giving the assurance that more expertise and resources would be committed to improving electricity. He expressed that the supply of gas for transmission has improved overtime and with the collective effort of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and Discos the power situation would be made better. “We are building infrastructure. We are doing our best, but, obviously, our best is not good enough yet,’’ he said

FG MOVES TO INCREASE REPRESENTATION ON THE BOARDS OF RESPECTIVE DISCOS

July 6, 2019

The Federal Government has moved to increase its representation on the Boards of the Discos from one to three.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Head, Public Communications Unit of the Bureau of Public Enterprises, (BPE) Amina Tukur Othman at the end of a meeting of shareholders of the Discos summoned by the BPE, on 26th June 2019.

The Bureau, at the meeting reiterated the purpose of the reform and privatization in the Nigerian power sector to address efficiency gaps and attract much needed private sector capital and management into the power sector. This reform was expected to transform the sector to meet the country’s electricity demand.

Part of the requirements for the aforementioned reform was the entrenchment of a Corporate Governance structure, which provided for the Core Investor to have 6 (six) “A” Directors and the Bureau 1(one) “B” Director.  This was done to minimize the representation of the FGN on the Boards and to grant the Core Investors sufficient control of the management and operations of the Discos.

In view of the need to strengthen corporate governance of the companies, the FGN decided to increase its representation on the Boards by 2 (B Directors) given its 40% shareholding. The objective is to ensure transparency in their operations as well as improve their performance.

The Director General of the BPE stressed the point that this process has been on for a long while and the delay in implementation by the Discos was not acceptable to the FGN. Subsequently, all parties agreed to the proposal as it is in good faith to strengthen Corporate Governance of the companies.

It was agreed that all the activities outlined during the discussions which would formalize the increase in the FGN’s representation on the Boards of the Discos would be concluded and implemented on or before the 15th of July 2019.

HIGH VOLTAGE CAUSE SYSTEM COLLAPSE & REACTOR FIRE IN BENIN CITY

July 6, 2019

The Management of Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, announced that the system collapse experienced on the National Grid on Sunday, 30th June, at 9.10am was due to high voltage following massive drop of load by the electricity distribution companies.

According to the release by the General Manager Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, the high voltage also caused a fire incident in the 75MXreactor in the Benin Substation, Sapele Road in Benin City, Edo State.

The massive load drop led to high voltage in the system, which shattered the lightning arrester in close proximity to the 75MX Reactor in Benin Substation. The shattered lightning arrester porcelain hit the reactor bushing causing further explosion on the reactor resulting in fire outbreak. Restoration of the Grid commenced immediately and as at 1.30pm, bulk power supply to most parts of the nation had been restored.

The Management of TCN commends the efforts and support of the Government of Edo State and Benin Electricity Distribution Company as well as the Fire Service in putting out the fire and restoring normal power supply.

Meanwhile the Management has commenced the movement of another reactor to Benin City to replace the burnt reactor and ensure voltage stability in the City as well as prevent a re-occurrence.

Management would also ensure a review of the entire protection and earthing system nationwide. This is done in addition to the overall upgrading of the system through the TREP program being financed by multi-lateral donors.

The installation of 3 nos reactors on the Ikot- Ekpene- Ugwuaji –Jos line has reached an advanced stage. It is expected that once these three reactors are installed and commissioned, the grid would be further stabilized.

TCN Management wishes to assure Nigerians that it is doing everything possible to modernize, upgrade and stabilize the National Grid

AEDC RAISES COLLECTION TO N6BN, CAPTURES 1.1 CUSTOMERS

July 6, 2019

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has raised its monthly revenue collection for electricity supply to consumers from N2 billion when it took over in 2013 to N6bn so far.

The Managing Director, CEC Africa, the core investor in the Distribution Company (Disco), Engr. Emmanuel Katepa who disclosed this in an interview at the weekend also said a just concluded enumeration exercise shows the customer base has risen to 1.1 million from 650,000 customers at takeover.

Despite the liquidity challenges in the power sector and the poor payment of energy bills by Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Katepa said: “AEDC has been able to improve its collection from the customers. It improved to N6bn since February. We hit that in December 2018 but had a dip in January but we have maintained it since then. That is far above the N2bn we were collecting when we took over.”

Katepa also spoke about the Integrated Communication and Market System (InCMS) which it launched this year to harmonise customer database for better service delivery. “We are doing this so that customers can have confidence to expose people in the field who exploit them in the name of AEDC”

He disclosed that AEDC would soon commence massive audit of homes and customer energy load to what size of transformers and other investments to make in its network across Kogi, Abuja, Nasarawa and Niger states.

Allaying fears on not metering the 1.1m customers, he said the Meter Assets Provider (MAP) contract that began in May targets 900,000 customers while AEDC has its obligation to meter the others.

On how it reduced the Aggregate Technical Commercial and Collection (ATC&C) losses from 60% to 38% in 2019, Katepa said: “It is due to the collection efficiency that is improving and the more customers we have been able to capture.”

STAY AWAY FROM ELECTRIC POWER LINES WHENEVER IT IS RAINING - EEDC

June 28, 2019

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) on Thursday, urged residents of the area to ‘‘stay away from power-lines whenever it is raining’’ to avoid electrocution.

The Company’s Head, Communication, Emeka Ezeh, gave the advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu, pleading with parents and guardians to ensure that children do not play in flowing or flood water during rains.

According to him, the advice becomes necessary because water is a high electricity conductor. He called on residents to avoid getting close to 33 KVA lines, 11 KVA lines and lines with lower voltages in their neighborhoods or passage areas during rains.

According to him, the wires in these lines can snap and cut or at times, vehicles knock down the electric poles and the wire drop on the wet or flood floor or on running water as well, saying, ‘‘We are in the raining season and water is a conductor, that is why we are advising electricity users to stay away from power-lines whenever it is raining”. ‘‘Likewise, children that play under the rain,  should desist from doing that”.

‘‘There are situations where there would be incidents somewhere that the wires will snap or poles will fall on flood water or flowing water moving down a neighborhood. Once that flood or flowing water is in contact with that wire, the water carries the current (power) of that wires, and if anybody is caught by that water, that person will be electrocuted,’’ he warned.

Ezeh also cautioned on handling electrical appliances or switches with wet hands, adding that such negative practices could lead to electrocution as well. ‘‘It is, however, regrettable that with incident of electrocution, you still see people selling or out-rightly leaving in houses directly under these lines. “

KEDCO TO ENGAGE 5 FIRMS ON METERING SERVICE DELIVERY

June 28, 2019
Prepaid Electricity Meters

The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) is to engage five vendors on metering service delivery with a view to bridging consumers’ electricity metering gap within its business jurisdiction.

A statement from the Company signed by its Head of Corporate Commission, Ibrahim Sani Shawai, indicated that the move was in line with directive by Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) to enforce the provision of meters to all customers.

The statement indicated that the wide metering gap that remains a major challenge in Nigeria’s power sector would be closed within the next three years, with the effective implementation of the meter rollout plan by the Distribution Companies (Discos) under the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme.

According to the statement, the five vendors are: Mojec International 175, 000 for Kano Central and East; Crest Hill Engineering Ltd 100, 000 for Katsina North and South; Armess Consulting Ltd 100, 000 for Kano Industrial Area and Jigawa South; Momas Electricity Meters 50, 000 for Kano West and Katsina Central and Meron Nigeria Ltd 50, 000 for Jigawa North. He said the meter vendors would start the sales and distribution of the meters as soon as KEDCO gets approval from NERC

    1, 000 ONDO COMMUNITIES TO GET ELECTRICITY AFTER 11 YEARS BLACKOUT

June 28, 2019
Niger Delta Power Holding Company 

The Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) has said that about 1,000 communities in Ondo South Senatorial District would soon begin to enjoy electricity from the national grid after 11 years blackout.

Executive Director of NDPHC, Ife Oyedele made this known recently in Akure while addressing journalists, saying, “Under the previous governments, the six local government areas in Ondo South were left in complete darkness for eleven years. That means if a child is born in that area eleven years ago, he will never have seen power from the national grid other than that of the generator”.
 

“It was in realization of this that the Federal Government took a decision to power the said communities. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said repeatedly that he won’t allow any section of the country to be in darkness and that was why the Niger Delta Power Holding Company was directed to intervene."

Oyedele assured residents of the communities that power would be restored within the next two months, adding that NDPHC has realized that Ondo South is the major economic zone of the state.

GUIDELINE FOR CUSTOMERS REQUESTING  METERS

June 28, 2019
Prepaid Meter

In line with provisions of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s Meter Asset Providers (MAP) Regulations, Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc. (AEDC) commenced the MAP meter roll – out on 1st May 2019, and all requests for meter installation and/ or replacement by customers are to be channeled through the MAP scheme, following the guidelines below for Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, for example:

* Go to AEDC’s official website (www.abujaelectricity.com) to initiate your request for a meter via the Getting Metered menu and the dropdown  Application Guide Menu .
Alternatively, you may opt for initiating the request at the AEDC Area Office where your property is situated and the Area Office will guide you through the meter application process.

* Fill in all necessary details

* Indicate your payment option (full or installment payment)

* AEDC will perform a site verification of your premises / apartment (s) to determine the type of meter that it requires.

* AEDC advises you via SMS or email to proceed with payment with a provision of the required payment instructions.

* You make the payment.

* The MAP meters your premises within ten (10) working days.

Please note further that the cost of meters is as follows:
Single phase meters – N36, 991.50 (Inclusive of VAT)
Three phase meters   - N67, 055.85 (Inclusive of VAT)

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