Power Distribution Firms Blame TCN for Power Outages

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Electricity distribution companies under the aegis of Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) have blamed the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and the weak transmission infrastructure for outages in the country, The Punch reports.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Sunday, the spokesperson for ANED, Mr. Sunday Oduntan, also said it was wrong for the TCN to classify the natural drop in electricity demands at nights as a rejection of supply by the distribution firms. Oduntan said that the distribution stress test reports of most of the Discos revealed an average station capacity utilisation of less than 50 per cent due to the TCN’s infrastructural limitations.

Oduntan also cited the review of the National Control Centre’s report for September 3, which he claimed pointed to transmission frequency constraint as constituting the biggest impediment to the flow of energy for the Discos. He urged the TCN to quickly upgrade its infrastructure in order to reduce the forced outages it was causing electricity distributors and consumers alike.

Source: EnergyMix

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