The management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), says it is embarking on 40 quick-win projects geared towards rehabilitating its network to increase availability of electricity.
Its Managing Director, Mr Adeoye Fadeyibi, in a statement on Saturday, said that the projects range
from relieving over loaded feeders and network strengthening. Also planned is the purchase of 81 new distribution transformers and repair of 78 existing ones.
Fadeyibi said that AEDC was also carrying out major maintenance on its 34 power transformers. He said that the company is in various stages of discussions with some power developers capable of providing within few months, a good level of embedded power generation. This will boost and complement power supply received from the National Grid.
He said the project is being undertaken with the sole objective of quickly improving supply of power to franchise area, especially to Metropolitan FCT. ”We assure you again that our sincere and much desired goal is to provide you with acceptable levels of power always. Our collective effort as a management team in the pursuit of this goal is not limited only to these interventions.”
Fadeyibi said that AEDC is committed to seeing that in a matter of weeks to a few months, depending on the duration of these different projects, the power supply situation overall will be significantly improved.
He said that AEDC acknowledges the terrible and persistent poor state of electricity supply to consumers’ various homes and offices.
”We honestly feel your pains and trauma, and we plead for your continued understanding, while not absolving ourselves from responsibilities.
”We are in concert with other industry partners and stakeholders to address the broader problems of low generation and systems instability.
”We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to strive towards meeting your expectations in having world class power supply in the Abuja franchise area,” he said.
These projects, when completed will no doubt improve the power supply situation within AEDC’s franchise area. It is widely known that there have been challenges in the power value chain from lack of gas, plant shutting down for maintenance and other constraints. Stakeholders within the power sector have however been working hard to crack the issues and ensure power availability to Nigerians. Part of these efforts is the programme to partially activate some Genco PPAs effective July 1, 2022 and holding all stakeholders to minimum service levels.