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EEDC INVESTS IN POWER INFRASTRUCTURE, COMPLETES TWO MAJOR PROJECTS IN IMO STATE By: Ifeanyi. Okonkwo


In line with her commitment towards improving the socio-economic state of the South East region, the Enugu Electricity Distribution PLC (EEDC) recently completed two major projects in Imo State.

These projects, which is estimated at over 200 million Naira are: a dedicated 33KV line constructed for one of the company’s industrial customer, Alex Aluminium Company; and Oguta 33KV double circuit line. Both lines will radiate from Egbu Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) Station.

This development was made known to newsmen in a statement issued by the Head of Communications, EEDC, Mr. Emeka Ezeh.

According to Ezeh, the Alex Aluminium 33KV line has a route length of about 38 kilometers, and is designed to improve availability to the industrial customer; while the Oguta 33KV line, with double circuit, has a route length of about 11 kilometers and will feed New Owerri, Port Harcourt Road and Onitsha Road axis.

The Oguta 33KV line caters for seven 11KV feeders, which include: Concord, Obinze, Irete, World Bank, Irete Industrial, Egbeada and Port Harcourt Road feeders. One circuit of the Oguta 33KV line will terminate at Z05 Injection Substation, Onitsha Road, and continue to feed the CBN line that feeds Concord area and Emerald Food and Beverage Company Limited.

The second Oguta 33KV feeder, which feeds the Oguta, Ogbaku and Mgbidi axis will alleviate the poor supply situation experienced by customers within the area.

It was gathered that prior to now, the frequency of power interruptions in New Owerri was high and unbearable, that informed the investment by EEDC, to improve availability to its customers within the affected areas.

The new line which is free from line loads and less prone to interruptions will serve to stabilize supply availability in New Owerri and its environs.

Ezeh further said that the Oguta 33KV feeder will to a large extent, alleviate the sufferings of the industrialists within the industrial area of Owerri.

The management of EEDC appreciates the Imo State Government and the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) for their support in ensuring that these projects were actualized.

“Customers served by these newly commissioned projects will definitely experience improved supply, up to 20 hours daily, and it is consistent with our efforts in ensuring our customers have enjoyable experience”, Ezeh said.

“Just last week, we commissioned a new 11KV feeder in Abakaliki, the capital city of Ebonyi State. The feeder, which is known as Azuiyiokwu II, has a route length of 1.3kilometers, and costs us N8.7 Million to execute.

In a related development, some months ago, EEDC commissioned two major projects in Awka, Anambra State. These are the 1 x 7.5MVA Injection Substation at ABS, Awka, and the upgrading of the 2 x 7.5MVA Injection Substation at Agu-Awka to a 1 x 15MVA and 1 x 7.5MVA, thereby increasing the capacity of the Agu-Awka Injection Substation from 15MVA to 22.5MVA.
 
Also, in Enugu State, EEDC completed and commissioned a 1 x 7.5 MVA Nike Lake Injection Substation at Nike, and also constructed three feeders in Nsukka; they are the UNN 33KV, Orba 33KV and Wilson 11KV feeders. These significantly improved the quality of supply to the area and resulted to the deloading of Eha Amufu 33KV line.

EEDC reassured its customers of its commitment towards improved service delivery and encouraged them to reciprocate this move made by the company by ensuring they pay their electricity bills, avoid energy theft and meter bypass, as they impact negatively on the company’s operations.

Customers are also encouraged to safeguard all electricity installations serving them. 

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