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ABS, Agu Awka industrial area, Amansea, Okpuno UNIZik areas to benefit

IN HER bid to improve power supply in the Anambra State capital territory, Enugu Electricity Distribution Plc (EEDC) has evolved plans to build more power substations in strategic places in Awka.

This was disclosed by Head of Communications, EEDC, Emeka Ezeh as part of his organisation’s measures to sustain the feat the public electricity distribution firm attained last year.

In a release issued by Mr. Ezeh earlier this week, he disclosed that following the DISCO’s  engagements with her customers, it has identified areas of critical concern of the power consumers to constitute mostly, the need to unbundle or uplift some existing electricity networks. Hence EEDC has evolved “strategic plans to address them.”

A major factor in the initiative is the upgrading of some transformers “and relieving overloaded ones; installation of entirely new substations; overhauling some weak networks for quality electricity supply.”

Explaining further, Ezeh said: “there are plans to deload some feeders and construct more injection substations to boost electricity supply in identified locations within the network.

“As a matter of fact, contract has been awarded for the construction of a 7.5MVA Injection Substation at ABS, Awka, which will cater for customers within ABS environs, Okpuno, Enugu Agidi, Awka Urban, Zik Avenue and parts of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.”

He said that the upgrade of Agu Awka Injection Substation from 7.5MVA to 15MVA has also been approved. “Order has been placed for the power transformer which is expected to be delivered hopefully before the end of the month. This will improve supply to customers at Agu Awka, industrial Area, Amansea, Nkwere Awka, Ifite Awka, Nnamdi Azikiwe University permanent site and its environs.

“The management of the company has equally engaged the services of some private contractors to facilitate repair of faulty transformers, thereby shortening the downtime periods experienced in the network.

Ezeh expressed appreciation to customers for their support, understanding and overall partnership with the company despite the numerous challenges that adversely impacted on the quality of service delivery to customers.

According to him, some of the recurring challenges which the company grappled, especially, last year, were vandalism, energy theft, accidental destruction of power facilities, meter bypass, illegal connections and reconnections.

“Others include: non-payment of electricity bills, attack on EEDC field officers and illegal tampering with electrical installations which interfere with the network and in most cases lead to destruction of electrical facilities.”

Ezeh who observed that improved electricity supply in the South East will lead to improved business and socio economic activities added that the asset registration and customer enumeration exercise was still ongoing and appealed “for maximum cooperation with enumerators, as the exercise is aimed at making EEDC more efficient in providing quality service to customers.”

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