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Eko DisCo assures customers of improved supply



Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has restated its determination to improve electricity supply and quality service delivery within its area of operation.

The management of the DisCo, made the commitment during a town hall meeting with customers under its Ojo business district.

The meeting, which was held in Igbo Elerin area of Iba Town, was a continuation of the strategic plan by the Company to engage the electricity consumers across its franchise area for improved service delivery based on feedback.

Also on Wednesday, 11th May 2022, EKEDC also commenced its participation in a 3-day customer engagement forum organised by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for electricity consumers in Lagos at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Festac from May 11- 13, 2022.

In a statement by the Company’s spokesperson, Godwin Idemudia, Eko DisCo stated that EKEDC boss, Dr. Tinuade Sanda and her Management team visited Ojo, Agbara and Festac districts in continuation of her districts and stakeholder engagement to get on the spot feedback and review for possible solution challenges in the areas of power supply, vandalism and other factors mitigating against service delivery to customers.

Dr. Sanda and her team later joined the Ojo district management at the town hall meeting to engage with the customers of the district the areas before engaging the customers in the town hall to listen to their issues and challenges with a bid to proffer speedy resolutions. Dr. Sanda and her team addressed the issues raised by customers and promised to get them resolved and subsequently improve DisCo’s customer satisfaction index.

At the NERC customer engagement forum, the NERC Commisioner for Consumer Engagement, Aisha Mahmud explained that the exercise is part of the nationwide engagement by the Commission to enlighten the public about electricity consumers’ rights and obligations, as well as create more awareness about NERC to customers across the networks of all the DisCos whilst providing avenue for Discos to engage customers and representatives of various CDAs within their coverage network for them to air their complaints and make enquiries as well as having opportunity for on the spot issues resolution.

In her opening remark, the NERC Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, Mrs. Aisha Mahmud highlighted that in addition to enlightening the customers about their rights and obligations, the Commission has also organised the forum to address issues such as estimated billing (capping order), metering, electricity tariffs, and investment plan by the DisCo. ‘The Regulator has made several efforts to resolve these issues, but they persist, and that is why we are here with Eko DisCo to engage the customers,’ she said.

Eko DisCo was represented by its MD/CEO, Dr. Tinuade Sanda; Chief Commercial Officer, Mrs. Rekhiat Mommoh; Chief Customer Experience Officer, Mrs. Catherine Ezeafulukwe, and other members of the management team. The MD/CEO assured the customers that the Company has already embarked on many projects to improve power supply and prompt resolutions to complaints, and specifically encourages them to embrace the metering scheme (MAP) to put the issue of estimated billing to rest. She further advised customers against patronising unauthorised entities to get meters and report any case of unscrupulous elements to the Company’s whistleblowing channels.

Idemudia equally reiterated that customers should desist from illegal activities such as meter bypass, meter tampering, vandalism, and assault of staff, which do not only affect the DisCo but the entire power industry. According to him, NERC has approved penalties for these criminal offences and EKEDC will ensure that offenders face the wrath of the law for any of these crimes. ‘Every customer has a responsibility to protect the industry,’ he added.


TCN overhauls equipment for improved electricity supply to Nigerians



The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Shiroro region, says it is overhauling all its equipment for improved power supply across the region.

The General Manager of TCN Shiroro Region, Malam Maiwada Sarkin-Bello, disclosed this while addressing newsmen during a tour of TCN facilities at Shiroro power plant.

He said the company was constructing new control rooms in Shiroro and Kainji transmissions and replacing all obsolete equipment with new modern ones.

Sarkin-Bello added that the company had purchased additional 132/33KV 100MVA transformer for Minna Sub-station at the cost of N1 billion to address power outage within the metropolis.

He said the company constructed new 132KV from Zungeru power station switch yard to Tegina and construction of new control rooms at Shiroro.

Others were replacement of old equipment by World Bank, in-house replacement of old equipment at Jebba, upgrading of Minna Sub-station with additional 132/33KV 100 MVA.

He added that six new 330KV current transformers on bus coupler at Jeba transmission station were purchased and new 330KV circuit breakers on Jebba-Kainji line 2 circuit were installed.

Also new 330KV circuit on Jebba-Gamo line was installed while vandalised tower members on T69, T70 and T71 on 132 Minna-Suleja circuit and two faulty 132KV CVT on Minna-Suleja line one and two yellow phases were replaced

He said the company constructed new open air stores for out-door equipment at Faku, obsolete protection relay with modern numerical relays on 330KV was replaced in addition to maintenance of power transformers on annual schedule.

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TCN begins expansion, upgrade of facilities in Benin region



The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Benin region, says it has embarked on a series of projects aimed at grid expansion and upgrade in the sub region.

Mr Isaac Okpe, General Manager, TCN, Benin region, stated this in Benin on Friday, while briefing newsmen after a tour of the region, sub region and Ihovbor work centre.

He said that the project was part of measures to intensify electricity transmission in Edo, Delta and parts of Ondo and Ekiti states.

Okpe said the Benin sub region was one of the most important regions, a hub of the national grid,

The TCN boss said that the company started the expansion and upgrade at Ihovbor work centre in Edo, Sapele work centre, Delta, and Omotosho sub region, Ondo.

“The Transmission Company of Nigeria has embarked on a series of projects aimed at grid expansion and some of the ongoing expansion projects are as follows.

Benin Sub Region – Project expansion and upgrading project of 2x150MVA to 2×300 MVA 330/132kV power transformer.

Benin Sub-Region – Restoration of T2 40 MVA transformer at Okada 132/33kV line following the installation of 300KVA grounding transformer.

Omotosho Sub Region – Project expansion at Ondo TS, upgrading of 2x 30MVA to 2x 60MVA commissioning of new 2x40MVA power transformer at 132/33KV line at Erinje Sub-Station currently undergoing testing by NPDH.

The general manager further said that other areas of expansion included; Delta Sub Region, Ongoing upgrade and expansion of 1x185MVA power transformer at Ughelli 132/33kVA line.

“And an upgrade of 1x60MVA to 100MVA power transformer and commissioned 150MVA 330/132kV inter bus transformer at Ughelli last year,” he said.

Okpe, however, lamented that encroachments on TCN lines and acts of vandalism in the region had been the major challenges facing the company and hindering quality service delivery

“The major challenge we are having is encroachment on our lines. So many people are building churches, shops and houses under the lines.

“And this is a major threat and a major risk on their part. Even in areas people have been compensated for their lands acquired, they come back and built there, claiming that they were not compensated.

“This is a threat to the lives of those who stay in such places. People should not build under transmission lines.

“Vandalism is another challenge. People deliberately go to the lines and cut them expecting them to collapse,” he added

Okpe said that about eight people had been caught in the act of vandalism and are currently being  prosecuted in different law courts across the region.

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REA, NASEIN sign $150m battery manufacturing agreement



The Rural Electrification Agency (REA)  and the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI)  has signed a 150 million dollars battery manufacturing agreement with Chinese investors.

Malam Mutari Ibrahim, the Director Promotion and Outreach (PIO), REA said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday.

Ibrahim said that the agreement was signed with SHENZEN LEMI Technology Development Company.

He said that the agreement was signed  under the leadership of the Ministry of Power and the China Ministry of Ecology and Environment as part of the takeaway by Nigeria from the COP 28 in Dubai

According to him, the partnership will facilitate the establishment of a Lithium-Ion Battery manufacturing and processing factory in Nigeria.

”The initiative which is backed by a 150 million  dollars investment from LEMI is  scheduled to commence in phases, starting from the 2nd quarter of 2024.

”The China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, in collaboration with the Ministry of Power expressed enthusiasm for being part of this transformative agreement.

‘The signing of the cooperation agreement is anticipated to serve as a pioneer initiative for the Light and Belt Initiative in Africa, aligning with global efforts to drive climate technology development and transfer,” he said.

Ibrahim said that the collaboration would strengthen NASENI’s mandate under the agency’s new leadership to manage the research and development of capital goods, production and reverse engineering to enhance local mass production of standard parts.

He said that the agreement would also enhance services for the nation’s technological advancement with a special focus on the  electricity sector.

”Furthermore, the collaboration underscores REA’s commitment to bridging the climate technology gap and combating the adverse effects of climate change.

“It also aligns with the country’s ambitious goals of achieving universal electricity access by 2030 and netzero emissions by 2060,” he said.

Ibrahim said that the partnership was  aimed at fostering the development and transfer of climate technology,
promote indigenous industrialisation and facilitate commercialisation.
”Enhance public private cooperation and contribute to job creation, economic growth, and the extractive industry in the country.
”Recognising the crucial role of energy storage in the transition to renewable energy sources, the investment in Lithium-Ion energy storage manufacturing signifies a significant step towards achieving a low-carbon economy.
”Research indicates that Lithium-Ion
energy storage has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 20 per cent per Kilo Watts per hour (KWh) capacity compared to traditional lead-acid technology,” he said.
According to him,  REA and NASENI remain steadfast in their commitment to cultivating partnerships that
accelerate clean, innovative, and sustainable energy interventions.
”it is also committed to Contributing to the global pursuit of a greener and more sustainable future,”
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