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Lagos poor supply traced to drop in energy allocation as EKDC announces outage soon
The General Manager, Communications of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc, Mr. Godwin Idemudia has attributed recent frequent outages within the company’s network to the drop in energy allocation to it.
He said that the company was receiving less than 300 megawatts instead of 1,300 megawatts needed to service its consumers.
This as the management of the company has announced that there will be an interruption in power supply to some areas within its network on December 29 for routine maintenance.
The company’s General Manager, Communication, Mr. Godwin Idemudia, made this announcement in a statement on Thursday in Lagos.
Idemudia said that the power outage would occur between the hours of 10 a.m. in the morning and 2 p.m. in the afternoon.
He said that the planned power outage was occasioned by routine maintenance work to be carried out on Ijora-Alagbon 132kv line.
According to him, areas to be affected by the outage are Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Obalende, Banana Island and Lagos Island.
The EKEDC’s spokesman said that the routine maintenance to be carried out was for better efficiency of power facilities so as to enhance improved service delivery to the company’s customers.
Idemudia therefore appealed to customers to bear with the company for the inconvenience the outage might cause, adding that power supply would be restored immediately the maintenance work was concluded.
However, he expressed optimism that the company had reached agreement with independent power companies to argument the little energy being received from the national grid to meet energy demands of its customers.
It would be recalled that the company recently secured additional 160 megawatts of electricity to augment its allocation from the national grid.
Idemudia added that “We have entered into bilateral agreements with Egbin Power Plc and Paras Energy & Natural Resources Development Limited for 100 megawatts and 60 megawatts respectively. But the generation companies are constrained by gas challenges.
“We are also working on embedded power programme aimed at producing 480 megawatts for distribution to our customers.”