By ABAH ADAH, Abuja
Assorted ultra-modern power network monitoring equipment worth over N200 million procured by Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) was yesterday officially commissioned at the company’s G. 42 Injection Substation (Taleveras) in the Central Business District area of Abuja.
The commissioning ceremony was performed on behalf of the federal government by the Ag Director, Distribution System in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Engr Sapke Briskilla Ibrahim.
Explaining in his welcome address, the Managing Director/CEO of AEDC, Engr Ernest Mupwaya said, “One of the key objectives of the transformation we are embarking on is to improve our internal capacity. Consequent upon that, we have been undertaking training and retraining of our staff, but we realised that we cannot achieve the improvement we desire by building human capacity alone, without bringing in the required technology.
What we are witnessing today is a testimony that we have invested in technological innovative equipment that will make us deliver improved service.”
He noted that one of the major challenges faced as the company strives to improve services over the years, especially in the FCT is that the distribution network is underground, adding that because of that, the engineers face a lot of challenges in terms of cable vandalisation and faults which have taken our them several hours and even days to fix, and in the course of that customers are denied access to electricity over a period many times.
“It has been so frustrating for the engineers who are striving to ensure that customers get the best of service, but have been handicapped by the kind of equipment they have.
“Today, the situation has dramatically changed. Among the equipment we are showing here is modern fault locating equipment. The capability of that equipment is that within 30 minutes as we will be displaying here, the portion of underground cable where there is faulted would be pinpointed. And the rest of the work is within the control our engineers. So we are now better positioned to ensure that we give quality service and in good time,” Mupwaya said.
The AEDC boss who put the total value of the investment in the advanced equipment in the region of N200 million, also disclosed that infra-red cameras have been procured.
“These are high-value cameras which can be used to scan the network and get as much information as possible. We have also procured power quality analysers can be used to get technical information about the quality of supply. Where there is complaint about low voltage, we can determine the real quality of supply.
“In addition, we have acquired computerised application which we are using to monitor and get real data from the activities in the field which goes into our data base,” he noted.
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