With the commissioning of the Kukuaba Transmission Station, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) on Tuesday said that it is now reinforced and better positioned to serve its customers better.
Speaking at the ceremony in Abuja, where the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Engr. Louis Edozien, the Managing Director of AEDC, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya explained that the company can now distribute power directly to Lugbe and its environs.
This, according to him, is that the line from where the consumers are now getting their power is nearby.
“Those who are being served from Katampe in Gwarimpa, Life Camp, Mabuchi, Maitama, Wuse II, Jahi and others will also enjoy improved supply. This is so because it has now been freed of the power it was releasing to Lugbe. In the long time, we will have the capacity to take more electricity,” he said.
According to him, the firm has reinforced 4,048 sub-stations in its network through maintenance services while surveying the protection system of 68 others.
Speaking earlier at the opening session of the 17th Power Sector Meeting in Abuja, he said the reinforcement was to boost power supply and enhance health and safety in its operational environment.
The AEDC boss noted the improvement in the power sector saying, “the usual discussions in the past about power deficit is gradually giving way to discussions about increased power not being utilised. This is further supported by the rate at which incremental generation is being commissioned in the industry.”
He noted that commissioning the 132/33Kva Kukuaba transmission sub-station by the federal government shortly after the meeting would boost power supply directly in Lugbe area of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
“The majority of customers in Abuja City such as Maitama, Wuse II, Gwarinpa and Mpape will also benefit from improved supply because of the freed capacity in the Katampe transmission substation,” Mupwaya added.
Reeling out other achievements of the Distribution Company (DisCo) since it was privatised in 2013, he said: “We have completed Large Power Users (LPU) metering of 3,885 customers by February 2017; flagged off metering of Small Power Users (SPU) in December 2016 and close to 90,000 are metered so far.”
AEDC said it has improved the organisational design, corporate governance and compliance, and improved training for its personnel.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Power, Engr. Louis Edozien who chaired the meeting said the ministry has rolled out policy directives to address the limitation of 33Kv and 11Kv distribution infrastructures across the DisCos to solve the issues of power underutilisation often tagged as load rejection.
Edozien urged the DisCos not to feel threatened by the recent ‘Eligible Customer’ pronouncement that will allow certain customers to buy power directly from the Generation Companies (GenCos). He said the declaration will strengthen their services and improve revenue base to tackle the liquidity crisis in the sector.
He also revealed that the Market Operator and the Nigeria Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET) are in the process of restructuring the bulk energy debts owed by DisCos to help them raise financing while improving their services to customers.