The Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) has announced that there would be power outages for eight weeks, from October 11 in some areas in its franchise as a result of the reconditioning of 132kv lines by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
The affected areas include Oregun, Police Training College, Oba Akran, Oke Ira, Ogba, Magodo, Anifowoshe and Omole Phase One.
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Speaking to newsmen in Lagos on Monday, IKEDC’s Chief Technical Officer, Mr Olajide Kumapayi, said the project which would begin on October 11 was aimed at increasing the capacity of the transmission lines to wheel more power from the generation companies as well as reducing the excessive heat on the old cables
He noted that some of 132K lines installed over 50 years ago had become obsolete and degraded due to time and usage.
Kumapayi said: “The TCN is currently embarking on the upgrade of the 132KV lines from Ikeja West to Ota and Alimosho in stages. This is the second stage. The TCN is replacing all the aluminum conductors with gap conductors which is more sophisticated to withstand heat and has more capacity to carry current. The implication of this is that from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday, the substations controlling these areas will be switched off which, in returnl affect the feeders connected to them.
“This will affect all categories of customers within the area especially our Maximum Demand (MD) customers such as Ikeja City Mall, Police College, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and the Ikeja High Court.”
He added that the TCN would also move to Alimosho and Agege axis during the next stage.
Kumapayi noted that the upgrade was a power sector initiative to boost transmission and distribution of electricity to Nigerians.
Head, Corporate Communications, Ikeja Electric, Mr Felix Ofulue, said the DisCo had written to the Maximum Demand customers notifying them of the situation, stressing that the electricity company have had meeting with its bilateral power supply agreement partners and appealed to all those affected to exercise patience with the DisCo during the period.
“Even though this is a TCN project, it is our duty to inform our customers of the situation because we are the ones that interface with them on a daily basis. We believe it will be for the benefit of our customers at the end of the day and will also allow Ikeja Electric to invest more in our system to improve power supply to customers under our network,” Ofulue said.