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TCN, AEDC trade blame over load allocation, rejection

TCN, AEDC trade blame over load allocation, rejection

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria ( TCN ) and Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) on Friday traded blames over why power supply to the DisCos and customers was low.

TCN’s Managing Director Usman Gur Mohammed said there was no network constraint in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) that would have amounted to load reduction.

The TCN boss spoke at the official commissioning of 2*60 power transformers in Suleja Transmission Substation, Niger State.

According to him, the constraint was simply that of the AEDC equipment.

He promised to take the reporters on a tour on the transmission substations around within the territory of the AEDC.

He said: “The constraint that Abuja has is within their equipment not within the network.

“And there is no place in Abuja where we have the network. Let me tell you, some of the things we did in Kano, Kaduna, if you are interested we can take you.

“In Kaduna they created this problem and said we have problem with network, I instructed our regional manager and said take them to the sub-station and show what was the capacity and what distribution were taking.

“So, we will do the same thing for you to enter our sub-station in Abuja so that you can see for yourself what is the capacity there and what has Abuja DisCo taken.”

But AEDC Head of Corporate Communications Oyebode Fadipe told our correspondent on phone although the AEDC had its challenges, it was unfair for the MD of TCN to blame all the constraints in the sector on it since there were also challenges of transmission network.

He said: “It will be unfair to say that it is our company (AEDC) that made our customers not to have power in the homes.

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“We have our challenges and TCN has its own constraints too, it is unfair for him to keep saying that the DisCos are the weakest link in the value chain. TCN should face its challenges and let us face our own.”

The Nation, however, learnt from a source who did not want her name mentioned that “in this week, the breaker in Gwagwalada was bad. The line in Kukwaba, Kubwa tripped off.”

The sources wondered whether those faults were those of AEDC equipment.

The commissioned transformers, according to TCN, were from the $100million loan intervention that the Federal Government received from the International Development Association.

The contract was awarded to Messrs MBH Power limited in June 2016 with a completion date of June 2018.

The transformers that have load capacity of 48mw to 162mw will increase the substation’s capacity from 66mw to 162mw.

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