BEDC gives reasons for prolonged power outage

The Benin Electricity Distribution Company Electricity has urged residents in Benin, the Edo State capital, not to blame the company for the recent power outage witnessed in some parts of the state capital.

The state head of the company, Mr. Fidelis Obishai, told Southern City News on Friday that the outage was occasioned by faulty transformers belonging to the Transmission Company of Nigeria.

Obishai explained that the TCN lost its 60MVA transformer on September 24, a development he said affected three major 33KV feeders belonging to the BEDC and connected to Ikpoba dam injection substation, Evbuotubu/Egor and Sapele road/Koko feeders.

He noted that the distribution company had to introduce a load-shedding plan with a six-hour rotation and moved the affected customers to other feeders in order to restore power. This, he said, distorted the already established “predictable” power flow arrangement in some parts of Benin.

He further disclosed that the 150MVA transformer in Ihovbor, responsible for power supply to major areas in the Ovia North-East Local Government Area of the state, broke down on October 8 but was restored to the circuit on Thursday.

The state head, however, lamented that only 360 megawatts of power accrued to the Disco, as against the 800mw desired to cater for its over 800,000 customers in Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti.

Source: The Punch

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