The Power Holding Company of Nigeria has said that there will be no blackout in Lagos as it is being speculated following a fire incidence at its Ikeja West transmission station located at Ayobo, Ipaja area of the state.
The Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, Ikeja Distribution Company, Mr. Okaa Akamnonu, who spoke with journalists in Lagos, on Friday, described the affected transmission station as one of the “biggest in the country responsible for very massive power transmission handling.”
He explained that the fire incidence, which was caused by an internal defect, resulted in the loss of one of the five 150mva transformers.
He, however, lamented the widespread rumour that there would be a blackout in some parts of Lagos as a result of the fire incidence.
Akamnonu, who said such rumour could mislead the public about PHCN’s capacity to respond to emergency, noted that the load on the affected transformer was immediately transferred to other transmission stations with spare capacity.
He said, “We read in a paper that customers in Lagos will experience a blackout and no one can predict when the problem will be rectified. No business and customer is without supply as a result of that incidence.”
Akamnono said efforts were being put in place to repair the transmission station.
The General Manager, Transmission, Lagos Region, Mr. Oyeleke Adeoye, said the fire incidence happened about 11 am on Tuesday, adding that three of the unaffected transformers were restored the same day while the “fourth one which is quite close to the one involved in the fire was restored by 8 am the following day.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, has attributed incessant power outages in the country to dilapidated infrastructure.
Nebo said the Federal Government’s seemingly low capacity to generate and distribute power had a lot to do with the aged equipment currently in use in the sector.
Nebo, according to a statement from the Ministry of Power on Friday, was quoted as saying, “for instance, only yesterday we received a report that a 34-year-old sub-station located in the Ikeja Power Distribution Company in Lagos was gutted by fire. This would result in 20 per cent power cut in the area.
“At Egbin, I also got a report of a failure due to no maintenance of infrastructure. All these things have contributed to the present low capacity to generate and distribute power.”
The minister, who stated this when the Senate Committee on Power visited the ministry on oversight assignment, observed that the practice of having abandoned projects scattered across the country had also affected the power sector negatively.
While seeking the support of the legislature in appropriation of funds for these projects, Nebo stated that it was imperative to get the power infrastructure completed before they could be used optimally.