Constraints in transmission capacity have caused rationing in parts of Abuja and many other states, the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) has said.
Speaking in Abuja on the current state of power supply and the claims of load rejection by the 11 Distribution Companies (DisCos), ANED’s Director of Research and Advocacy, Barr. Sunday Oduntan, said there was more rationing and low voltage supply in Abuja under the Abuja DisCo and across other DisCos in Kano, Enugu and Ibadan presently.
For Abuja, Mr. Oduntan said ANED identified transmission constraints on the facilities of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in Katampe, Kukwaba, Gwagwalada, Central Area and Apo. He said due to the inefficiencies yet to be resolved, customers have been having poor voltage along Apo-Karu and Lafia, on the Nasarawa State axis of the transmission line.
“As I speak, some of our big customers like Silverbird Galleria, Jabi Mall in Abuja are having low voltage due to the transmission constraints. What that means is that we are losing revenue from our huge customers. The federal government must make more investments in the sector to tackle this challenge,” he said.
TCN in a recent statement said it directed the Generation Companies (GenCos) to reduce their daily power generation as an option to stabilise the national grid system.
The spokesperson, Seun Olagunju, in the statement said the System Operator (SO) section noticed imbalance in the power flow rising about 50 Hertz (hz).
She said some “DisCos failed to take more load as generation increases. This has left the SO with no other option than to ask the GenCos to reduce generation to ensure grid stability.”
TCN, however, denied that the challenge was that of transmission’s wheeling capacity as it has 6,500 megawatts (MW) capacity with peak power at only 4,650MW generated this year.