The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) supplied an extra 11,842megawatt hour (mwh) of electricity from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) while trying to meet the huge demand of its customers in 2016, statistics has shown
Statistics obtained from the DisCo’s media unit shows the extra power it supplied beyond its monthly allocation was within eight months of 2016, between January and November.
It said the extra load was taken when the 98,903mwh allocated to the DisCo during the 11 months by TCN’s System Operator (SO) became insufficient for customers in its network comprising Abuja, Niger, Kogi and Nasarawa states.
The data show that AEDC took higher extra loads of over 2,000mwh in four months from February to May 2016 when power generation was at its lowest nationwide.
It took 1,500mwh in June when power supply hit lowest capacity nationwide in the year. Additional loads of over 200mwh were taken in January, July and November.ý It had less load utilisation of 3,044mwh between August and October, the data revealed.
The proportion of electricity AEDC utilized in August, September and October, 2016 fell below what was allocated to it by the SO.
In a statement by its spokesman, Ahmed Shekarau, AEDC blamed TCN for the failure of many of its facilities to transport power for distribution in September 2016 when it lost 1,280mwh electricity.
Presenting the records, the firm said there were ýsequences of faults at Katampe Transmission Station which occurred from September 1 to 10, 2016, and other faults across Gwagwalada, Lugbe and Kubwa in Abuja; Ajaokuta in Kogi State and Kontagora, Niger State lasting till September 30.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of AEDC, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya in the statement said the company always take electricity load in excess from the SO to meet customers’ demand.
“We in AEDC don’t reject power allocated to us. In fact, when there is extra load in the system, we have always taken it in order to ensure that we meet the demands of our customers,” he said.
The statement said Engr. Mupwaya’s explanation is coming on the heels of a recent report which listed AEDC among eight electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) that allegedly rejected about 1,300mw allocation from TCN between July and September of 2016.
When asked on the cost for the extra allocation, Shekarau referred to the Market Operator (MO) at TCN which he said provides the cost of excess power taken by DisCos in what its ‘imbalance payment’ records.