Yesterday, Mr. John Onyi, the manager of corporate communications (PHED) held a meeting with customers who have structures under high tension lines and were previously served letters by the company. At the meeting, Mr.Itoro Thomas, HSE Representative at GCI highlighted the dangers of living under high tension lines and advised the attendees on safety around power lines recommending relocation was the best option for those who have structures under high tension lines. He further stated that it is advisable for the customers to stay 5.5 meters away from 11KVA lines, and 12.5m away from 33KVA lines. In addition, he disclosed that customers whose structures contravenes with the power line right of way will be disconnected as directed by NEMSA. The meeting came to a closure as Mr. John Onyi recommended that the IBCs sensitize the customers more by holding meetings with the various chiefs and elders in the grass root, and to make use of community engagements to inform the people.
Grid Loses 3,109MW of Electricity to Gas Issues, Others
A report has shown that the Nigerian National grid lost about 3,019 megawatts (MW) of electricity to key power sector constraints of gas, load demand frequency, line constraint and water management. According to the daily power sector activity record obtained from the Federal Ministry of Power Works and Housing, gas constraints led to the loss of 1,626MW because there was a shortage of gas at the Generation Companies (GenCos). The record shows that five Gencos under the National Integrated Power Projects (NIPP) were affected as they lost 1,215MW, Geregu NIPP lost 360MW while Odukpani NIPP could not generate 230MW as on Friday. The distribution constraints affected Omotosho NIPP where 120MW was lost; Shiroro Hydro lost 262MW because it could not be picked by the Discos. Azura Edo Genco, a new entrant could not also deliver 236MW. The other seven GenCos lost a combined generation capacity of 685MW of electricity. They include Afam VI, Omotosho Gas, Olorunsogo Gas, Transcorp Ughelli, Geregu Gas, Egbin and Omoku Genco.
Energy Firm holds off-grid investment workshop
Noma Olushola Garrick, the chief Executive officer, Energy Mix Limited, disclosed in a statement that the workshop would discuss issues around the solar and off-grid sector in Nigeria from multiple stakeholder perspectives. He stated that the workshop scheduled to hold in Lagos, July 25, 2018, is targeted at professionals working in investment firms, private sector institutions, solar companies, Power (generation and distribution) companies, law firms, government agencies and regulatory bodies, international and local support agencies, as well as other development institutions. In addition, he said a recent collaboration between the Nigerian Rural Electrification Agency (REA), the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), found that developing off-grid alternatives to complement the nation’s grid could create a $9.2 billion /year (N 3.2 trillion) market opportunity for mini-grids, and solar home systems investors that would save $4.4 billion/year (N1.5trillion) for Nigerian homes and businesses.