TCN, DisCos are to restore the power lost to the recent incidents of damage to gas pipelines at Okada and Odukpani-Ikot-Ekpene soon as repair works on the lines reaches completion, the Hon. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatumde Fashola, SAN has said.
In the copy of the minister’s opening remark as Chairman at the 23rd Power Sector Operators Meeting held in Lafia, Nasarawa State on Monday made available to LEADERSHIP, Fashola said the information he got from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) confirmed completion of repair works on the damaged facilities.
“what remains is to test the lines and restore pressure and supply to the generation companies.
“One by one all the stakeholders from GenCos, TCN and DisCos will work to restore supply to the levels they were before the pipeline damage,” the minister noted.
The Minister admonished members of the public to be vigilant and help protect the pipelines against damage.
“I want to repeat that gas is the fuel that most of the generation companies use to produce electricity and all of us have a stake in ensuring that they are not damaged” he said.
Recall that less than 48 hours after the national grid was shut down as a result of a fire incident that occurred on the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System near Okada, Edo State on Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018 , the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) reported another system collapse resulting in power cut from the grid again.
The Minister who reiterated the ministry’s resolve to stop at nothing in working with the DisCos to expand their capacity in the new year in order to use up the 2 000mw of generated electricity that has been reportedly stranded also used the opportunity to call on manufacturers and others who are willing to take more power to indicate interest.
On the controversies being generated by estimated billing, the Minister said “this year we should work harder to increase our people’s access to meters and reduce the incidents of estimated billing as NERC concludes the Meter Regulations that will open up the meters supply and installation business.
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