Abuja Disco blames transmission failure for poor delivery


By Ogar Cyril

The Managing Director of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc (AEDC), Ernest Mupwaya has said the recent drop in electricity distribution services to its consumers was caused by series of transmission constraints recorded from faults at various transmission equipment of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) servicing it.

Mupwaya stated that contrary to claims it was part of eight electricity distribution companies (Disco) that allegedly rejected up to 1300 megawatts (MW) of electricity allocated to them recently by the TCN, it does not reject electricity allocated to it by the System Operator (SO) but rather taken load in excess of its allocation to meet its customers’ demands.

According to a statement from the Disco’s, Mupwaya said the proportion of electricity it supplied to its consumers in August, September, and October 2016 dropped below its usual allocation from the SO because of transmission constraints and not that it rejected allocations.

“We in AEDC don’t reject power allocated to us. In fact, when there is extra load in the system, we have always taken it in order to ensure that we meet the demands of our customers,” said Mupwaya.

He urged customers of the Disco to discountenance the claims that it was part of the eight Discos that rejected energy allocated to them, saying that various faults which occurred largely on some TCN equipment had made it difficult to transmit electricity to it.