The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has expressed concerns over delay in repair or replacement of damaged 132KV transmission cable which conveys power from the Katampe 330/132kV to Central Area 132/33kV transmission station in Abuja.
The said damaged cable is the gateway through which AEDC supplies electricity top range customers located in the Central Business District and such highbrow areas like Maitama, Wuse Zones 1 – 7, Utako, parts of Garki and Life Camp as well as Jabi and Kado Estate.
Constrained by the revenue losses occasioned by the delay in repair of the cable, it was reliably learnt that the AEDC has written to the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Gur Mohammed, requesting for urgent steps to be taken to repair the damaged cable.
Accordingly, AEDC noted that “this fault has persisted since June, 2019 and not yet resolved. The Central Area is the hub of Government and commercial activities in the Federal Capital Territory, and this fault on your cable has subjected these areas to constant loadshedding. This is as a result of line capacity, which has been reduced by half since June, 2019”.
AEDC expressed deep worries on the negative revenue impact on it which the continued delay in repair of the cable is imposing on its revenue profile.
Further, AEDC observed that the fault is affecting its entire system by “negatively affecting both our commercial and technical performance as our revenue collection in these areas are not being optimized and customers are being frustrated because of this constant load shedding necessitated by this persistent cable fault”.
AEDC also said: “It is our fervent prayer that you direct your maintenance team to urgently clear this fault because since its occurrence, our teeming customers have been suffering untold hardship. Moreover, the negative political impact and reputational damage continue to be on the rise as long as this cable fault on your 132kV remain unresolved.”
It could not be confirmed from the TCN what actually caused the unusual delay in effecting repair on the said damaged cable.