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PHEDC DISCO Decries Vandalism On Transformers In A’Ibom

Posted: Jul 26, 2015 at 12:41 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Idongesit Ashameri,  Uyo 

Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) has attributed frequent cases of power outages to high rate of vandalism on transformers and other equipment in Akwa Ibom State.

Head, Customer Services, PHEDC, Godwin Orovwiroro, who said this in Uyo during a public consultation on tariff review, said  most of the areas in the state that have experienced power cuts in the last few months or years were caused by the damaged transformers.

“Some of the power failures in many communities in the state are due to vandalism on equipment. The rate at which transformers are vandalised in Akwa Ibom is appalling.

“But if we look at these communities and assess the state of facilities, we can plan to bring them back.

“And if they have been erroneously billed during the periods they have been out of power, we will ensure that adjustment is made to the sum of money they had been billed wrongly,” he said.

The new tariff plan, according to Orovwiroro, would start when the National Electricity Regulatory Commission, (NERC) gives approval. This is said is the company’s way of complying with the regulatory requirement, adding that at the end of the day PHEDC will forward its report to the regulator.

He noted that wherever they went to, there were two major issues, technical and commercial, which they summed up as techno-commercial issue.

He added that most of the commercial issues were billing issues or faulty meters or meters not being read, whereas technical issues had to do with supply and the state of equipment.

Orovwiroro explained that the organization had conducted a survey of the network and knew the weak points in the network.

He said, “But every now and then, we do have equipment failure and we are also responding to that heavy equipment failure that affects a large customer groups. We have the plan to deal with the issue as they emerge.”

Manager, Corporate Communications, Jonah Iboma, said that the organisation has a three-year metering plan, which they were executing.

He added that before the end of the exercise all customers would have been metered.

He revealed that the metering plan was being stringed by the regulator, which had given them a two-year window to meter all customers.