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Faulty substation transformer responsible for Abuja blackouts: AEDC

TCN said some clearing issues at the Lagos port delayed installation of a new transformer.

• October 31, 2020
Electricity transformer used to illustrate this story (Photo Credit: Nairametric)

The management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has explained reasons behind power outages being experienced in some parts of Abuja. 

The company also says it is working with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to restore normal power supply, according to a statement released by the company in Abuja on Saturday.

Oyebode Fadipe, a spokesman for AEDC said the load shedding was occasioned by a  fault on one of the 60 Mega Volt Ampere (MVA) transformers at the TCN 2 x 60MVA station at Kubwa, Abuja.

He listed the areas affected to include Kubwa, Dei Dei, Lower Usman Dam, Bwari, Dutse, Dawaki, 3rd Avenue, 69 Road, 64 Road, 62 Road, Gwarinpa, Sunshine Estate, Map Global Estate, and Ipent Estate.

Others according to Mr. Fadipe are Queens Estate. Kafe Gardens 1, 2 and 3. Efab Estate, Home Security Estate, Fine Estate, Macopoli, Marine, Adkan, Verozone, Justice, Davis and Police Estates. 

Mr. Fadipe however, said that AEDC and TCN were working  on how to speedily resolve the issue, especially because of the onset of the dry season, which it said would have serious effects on the comfort of its customers.

TCN’s spokesperson, Ndidi Mbah told NAN that TCN engineers were working round the clock with AEDC to fix the problem.

Ms. Mbah said TCN had also made arrangements to bring in a new transformer from Lagos.

According to her, the process to bring in a new transformer has been delayed by some clearing issues at the Lagos Port.

“However, the issue has been sorted out as the transformer will leave next week and will take about three days to get to the sub-station and will take about three weeks to be installed.”

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