Firm Spends N1.6bn On Distribution, Transmission Facilities

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The management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company has spent N1.6 billion to reinforce distribution and transmission facilities within its net work.

   The Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Mr Oladele Amoda, an engineer, stated this during the company’s quarterly briefing and launch of energy saving bulbs in Lagos. He said the company was celebrating momentum milestone in power delivery, having got numerous  commendations from customers.

    He told the customers that the improved power delivery is part of the reason the government had consistently justified the need for a cost-reflective tariff, which will engender an investor friendly climate.

Some of the major projects the company earmarked for completion before end of  this year include the reinforcement of critical 33kv, 11kv feeders and rehabilitation of distribution substations for effective evacuation and distribution of power to customers within the company’s network.

Others include the installation of four numbers of 15MVA, 33/11KV power transformers, which would be used to replace and reinforce existing injection substations at Sanya in Orile Business Unit; Keffi in Ikoyi Islands Business Unit, Ademola in Vitoria Islands and LUTH in Mushim Business Unit, Installation of 35 numbers of 500KVA, and 33KVA distribution transformers at Lekki, phase l, Agungi, Ojo, Orile, Surulere, Ibeju, Mushin, Festac, Apapa, Yaba, among others, for relief of over loaded ones and replacement of failed ones.

The company will replace some obsolete 33KV and 11KV switchgear in various locations and rehabilitation of the dilapidated and flood prone LUTH 2x15MVA injection substation for effective evacuation of power in Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and immediate community.

The Niger Delta Power Holding Company which manages the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) is also building 27 different projects within the company’s  net-work.

As part of efforts to encourage the customers to imbibe the culture of energy conservation the management of Eko also launched energy saving bulbs (light emitting diodes) LED.

Amoda said the company brought 1500 of such bulbs, which would be distributed free of change to customers to create awareness on the importance of using such bulbs.

He said the bulb did not  generate threat, uses less energy to give more illumination and also lasts at least 25 years.

He said: “Energy saving bulbs has been around for a couple of years. But they only got popular in 2007 after the Austrian government decided to ban standard bulbs and replace them with energy saving bulbs. The bulb reduces carbon dioxide emissions and it is environmentally friendly.