The management of Benin Electricity Distribution Plc, BEDC, has urged residents of Benin City in Edo State not to blame the company for the current outage witnessed in some parts of the state capital.
Rather, BEDC said the outage is as a result of faulty transformers belonging to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) which led to disruption of power supply to Ikpoba Hill, Aduwawa, Oluku and Agbor areas of Benin.
The Chief State Head, BEDC in Edo State, Engr. Fidelis Obishai said during a press conference held in Benin that the TCN lost its 60MVA transformer on September 24, a development he said affected the 33KV feeder connected to Ikoba Dam injection substation, Evbuotubu, Egor and Sapele road, Koko feeders.
He noted that BEDC had to introduce a load –shedding plan with a six-hour rotation and moved the affected customers to other feeders in order to restore power.
Obishai explained that this distorted the already established predictable power flow arrangement in some parts of Benin.
“When it happened, we were thinking that it was a one day or two affair. However, the transformer is still out of circuit. I cannot even tell when that transformer will be coming back to service.
The best option we need immediately was to arrange our light distribution. So we had to come up with a load shedding plan because if I do not rotate the load, I would overload the transformer”.
He further disclosed that the 150MVA transformer in Ihovbor, responsible for power supply to major areas in the Ovia North- East local government area of the state broke down on October 8 but was restored to circuit on Thursday.