Lagos To Experience 8-week blackout- Ikeja Electric
Lagos To Experience 8-week blackout- Ikeja Electric

 

As Ikeja Electric, IE, announces a planned reconductoring of 132kv lines, some communities in Lagos State may face an eight-week power outage.

 

Touchaheart Nigeria understands that the re-conducting will be embarked upon by the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, which is aimed at expanding the wheeling capacity across the IE network.

Olajide Kumapayi, chief technical officer of the electricity distribution company (DisCo), said the project will begin on October 11.

 

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The areas to be affected include Oregun, Police Training College, Oba Akran, Oke Ira, Ogba, Magodo, Anifowoshe and Omole Phase One.

 

The project will also affect Maximum Demand (MD) clients such as Ikeja City Mall, Police College, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, and the Ikeja High Court.

 

The chief technical officer disclosed that the TCN will also move to Alimosho and Agege axis in the next stage.

 

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The interruption was required, according to Kumapayi, because some of the 132Kv lines established more than 50 years ago had become outmoded and degraded as a result of time and usage.

 

He said:

“The TCN is currently embarking on the upgrade of the 132KV lines from Ikeja West to Ota and Alimosho in stages. This is the second stage.

“We will replace all the aluminium conductors with gap conductors which is more sophisticated to withstand heat and has more capacity to carry current.

“The implication of this is that from 8am to 6pm every day, the substations controlling these areas will be switched off which will affect the feeders connected to them.”

 

 

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