KEDCO explains power shortage outage in Kano, others
The management of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), has disclosed that the shortage of power supply to its franchise area recently was caused by loss of one 150MVA transformer at the Kumbotoso Transmission Station in Kano.
In a statement, spokesman for KEDCO, Sani Bala Sani, explained that the 150MVA transformer developed fault at exactly 0530hrs on January 1st, and since then the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN’s) crew have been working to fix the fault.
Originally, the spoilt 150MVA transformer supplies the entire Hadejia, Daura, Kankia and environs, part of Katsina and Dakata in Kano. Albeit temporary measures have been employed to supply these areas on a rationing basis, supply has drastically reduced, Sani added.
Recall that in November 2014, a 150MVA transformer was lost due to a fire outbreak, which reduced the installed capacity of the Kumbotso Transmission Station to 450MVA from 600MVA. Now the entire KEDCO franchise area is left with a meagre 300MVA, which has resulted to supply rationing in the three states of our operations.
The statement added that before the transformer was lost, KEDCO had been managing to cater for all categories of customers in the three states of our operations including Azare in Bauchi State, and Gazoua in Niger Republic.
Sani also quoted the company’s Chief Technical Officer, David Omoloye, as saying: “several meetings have been held in a bid to secure the replacement of the burnt 150MVA transformer since 2014 to no avail, and now another 150MVA has developed a fault, which has negative impact on our customer satisfaction efforts and business generally.”
Omoloye noted that “Kano, which is industrial and commercial hub of northern Nigeria, should be given undivided priority in terms of power infrastructure; thus without stable and quality supply, businesses would be crippled which is against our collective will.”
Sani called on customers in Kano, Katsina, and Jigawa to exercise patience as KEDCO management is already making efforts with the TCN to ensure speedy repair or replacement of the faulty transformers.
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