After keeping some Abuja communities without electricity for 72 hours, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), has come out with a comprehensive explanation that its supply feeders from Kukwaba transmission station supplying power to the communities will experience load shedding, pending replacement of the faulty breaker in the station.
There have been loud grumblings among residents around the identified areas as to why the load-shedding has become a recurrent one along the areas bordering the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Way leading to the airport, especially when there is a heavy downpour.
In a statement on Saturday, AEDC’s General Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr Fadipe Oyebode, listed the feeders on load shedding to include L31 feeder that supplies Games village, national stadium, Jewel apartments, Indoor complex, Human Rights Radio and its environs.
Feeder L32, that supplies customers in Trademore Estate Lugbe, Lugbe Across, Lugbe Zones one to nine, Ako and Aso estates would also experience loadsheding.
The L33 feeder, feeding consumers in Durumi district, American International School, Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO), Christ Embassy and its environs was also affected.
Feeder L35 supplying railway station and L36 feeding Idu Industrial Layout, Kuchingoro, karmajiji villages, Coca cola and other neighborhoods would also be loadsheded.
Other consumers to be affected, according to Oyebode are in consumers in and around Pyakasa, Sun City, Moccido Housing Estate, Brains and Hammer, African University of Science and Technology.
He was optimistic that the challenge that resulted in the loadsheding would be resolved.
Recall that almost a week ago, there was a fire outbreak at a transmission station in the Apo area of the city. It is not clear if there is a nexus between the incident and present situation.
The burnt transformer was part of those that feed the 33kV feeders of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company.
“It is, however, still early for TCN to determine if the burnt transformer can be salvaged,” the General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Ndidi Mbah, said then.
It was learnt that the fire started at about 1.30pm from a transformer in the substation and persisted for some hours.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria confirmed the incident and stated that one of the 45MVA 132/33kV power transformers in the substation was involved.
It said the burnt transformer was part of those that feed the 33kV feeders of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company.
TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Ndidi Mbah, said the fire resulted from a direct fault from one of Abuja Disco’s 33kV feeders which had a history of incessant trippings, as the 33kV lacked protection.
The transmission company said it was equally investigating the possibility of transformer protection failure on its 45MVA power transformer.