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AEDC, TCN bicker over power outage in FCT, Nasarawa

Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) have disagreed over 20-hours power outage that hit parts of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Nasarawa State.

The blackout which began Saturday afternoon was not restored until about 3pm on Sunday.

AEDC in a statement blamed the outage on TCN but assured that the transmission company’s technicians were working to fix the problem.

The utility’s General Manager, Corporate Communication, Oyebode Fadipe in a statement explaining the outage said: “This is to inform you that due to some technical challenges from the TCN end, AEDC customers from Karu to Lafia have been unable to receive electricity supply since the evening hours of 13/03/2021. The 132kV line from Apo Transmission Station to Akwanga Transmission Station and serving Karu Transmission Station, Keffi Transmission Station and Akwanga Transmission Station had been  opened and restored later during night hours.

“However, upon restoration, the affected transmission stations have remained on station service only up to this moment due to some technical challenges. Our colleagues in TCN are working round the clock to resolve this. 

“As a result of this, AEDC customers in Karu, Nyanya, Jikwoyi, Karshi, Mararaba, Keffi, Akwanga, Lafia and environs are currently unable to have access to electric power for their socio-economic activities.  
While we sincerely apologise to the affected customers, please be informed that the TCN maintenance crew is already at work to ensure that the challenges are speedily dealt with.

But TCN in statement explained that AEDC was informed in advance of the outage.

TCN in a statement by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah stated that the outage was to enable it carry out planned maintenance.

According to Mbah, “AEDC was informed the yesterday, Saturday 13th March that TCN would undertake planned annual maintenance of 150MVA, 132/33KV Power transformer (TR1) at Gwagwalada Transmission Substation.

“After the successful completion of the scheduled maintenance however, the engineers experienced challenge in the restoration of the transformer. Apo, Karu, Keffi and Akwanga were asked to drop some load until TR 1 is restored. 

“Our maintenance crew worked assiduously and was able to resolve the issue today. Supply would be fully restored through the transformer in the next 30mins”, she assured.

Written by ExpressDay

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