4 July 2012

Nigeria: PHCN Spends N2 Billion On Maintenance of Network in Six Months

As part of measures to improve electricity supply in the country, the Eko Electricity Distribution Company has said that over N2 billion has been committed to reinforce and maintain its network in the last six months.

The Chief Executive Officer of the zone Mr. Oladele Amoda who made this known while speaking with newsmen in Lagos, said the zone had witnessed tremendous improvement in distribution network reinforcement and equipment upgrade, adding that all challenges were being turned into opportunities for improved services.

According to him, "We have spent over N500 million to replace several obsolete 33KV and 11KV switchgear in several injection substations around Festac, Satellite, Amuwo, Ademola, Berkey, Orile, Coker, Lekki, Oke-lra kekere among others.

"Another N750 million has been spent to construct additional 500KVA/300KV distribution transformers installed to reinforce the network," Amoda stated.

The PHCN boss said that all the installations and projects could not have been achieved without the support of the Federal Government through the Ministry of Power.

He said that the ministry had given the zone tremendous encouragement.

Amoda however, assured that many NIPP projects would come on line before the end of the year, adding that out of 27 NIPP projects within the zone 10 had been completed and commissioned.

He said that government has also deployed 50 KV transformers to various NIPP projects so as to reduce the frequent vandalism which usually occur in big transformers.

Harping on pre-paid meter, Amoda said that about 28,000 pre-paid meters, both single and three phase, had been installed in the last six months.

"All customers that have faulty and obsolete meters numbering 130,000 are expected to be metered within the next 18 months.

"Starting from July we have planned to install 8,000 meters to replace obsolete and faulty ones in the system," he said.

He also assured customers that the meters would be supplied free of charge to customers pending the fixing of connection charges by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

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