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Setback for power supply in Magboro, Mowe, other communities

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•We’ll reconnect them by weekend, says NDPHC

’Femi Asu

After a short-lived restoration of electricity in December, over one million residents of Magboro, Ibafo, Mowe and other communities in Ogun State have been groaning under a lack of electricity supply.

Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc, whose areas of coverage are Oyo, Osun, Kwara and Ogun states, and part of Ekiti and Niger states, connected some of the communities to the power grid in December after 10 years of total blackout that hampered business activities and forced some residents to relocate.

The company had then said the communities were connected to the grid through a temporary line, adding that the new line from Oke-Aro, meant to feed Mowe/Ibafo, was not ready for energisation.

The Oke-Aro 330/132/33kV transmission substation, which was built under the National Integrated Power Project scheme by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited, was inaugurated in May 2015.

In an update on energising Mowe/Ibafo/Magboro line made available to our correspondent, IBEDC said, “The newly constructed line to radiate supply to the above mentioned communities and environs was tried on Tuesday, 2nd May 2017 but failed. Our men patrolled the line and cleared all discovered fault and anomalies. However, the line failed again when tried.

“Further tests were conducted on some parts of the line and it was discovered that there is heavy induction on the line due to its closeness to 330KV Transmission lines. The project is an NIPP project but our men are conducting further tests on the remaining parts of the line to ascertain its healthiness for energisation or otherwise.”

A statement made available by the General Manager, Communication and Public Relations, NDPHC, Mr. Lawal Yakubu, said the project was completed recently and inspected by the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency.

It said, “It is normal practice for a completed electricity network to be pre-tested after inspection by NEMSA. This has been done. Therefore, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited energised the said line last week but there was a fault discovered along the line around Lambe.”

The NDPHC said thereafter, a termination kit that was not properly terminated was changed and the conductor touching a channel iron was separated.

The company said, “In engineering, these are not unusual occurrences in projects of this nature. The good news is that the NDPHC is on top of it; the snags are being corrected and the line is, as we write, being tested section by section, to be sure there are no other faults.

“It is expected that the process of re-energising the line should be achieved by weekend when the distribution company responsible for this network is expected to supply electricity to its customers in the affected areas.”

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