Following the failure to report a major incidence that culminated in restricting power supply to Apapa Road, the Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has submitted that the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) violated the grid code and report compliance regulations.

NERC said “TCN failed to report major incidents that resulted in restricting supply to Apapa Road. TS. This is violation of the Grid Code and Reporting Compliance Regulations.”

This was part of the findings of the Transmission Electricity Market National Control Centre (TEMNCC Analysis July 26, 2020, which the Commission posted on its website at the weekend.

NERC requested the distribution companies (DisCos) increase vegetation management to improve the reliability of feeders in this raining season.

The report cautioned the DisCos for deliberately refusing to clear faults on some 33kV feeders within the timeline of 8 hours as stipulated in the Reporting Compliance Regulations.

It added that Discos should also be cautioned against deliberate isolation of some section of 33kV feeders to limit the loading of the feeders and denying customers electricity services.

It called on the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC ) to improve on both availability and loading on the feeders being monitored.

NERC called on the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC ) to explain why all the feeders experienced prolong outages with less than 30 per cent availability and poor feeder loading.

The commission sought the identification of all the interface stations with capacity limitations and requested TCN to prioritize them in its short-term projects.

NERC requested the NCC to update the new historic peak recorded on some 33kV Feeders in the report.

The report reads in part: “PHEDC: Only three out of the twelve feeders monitored recorded availability of more than 40%. The feeders are out on fault or load shedding for most of the times.

“Availability and loading on the monitored feeders remain poor. Only Amasoma and Onna feeders have supply availability of more than 50%. There was dropped on both availability and loading of the feeders for last week.

“YEDC: seven out of the eleven feeders recorded availability of above 70%, however, the loading was below 30% for most feeders. The Average supply availability INCREASED from 69% to 71% and loading Remained at 16% to 17%. Azare feeder has the least availability of24% and loading of 4% of its historical capacity.”


Source: The Nation