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Energy coy heaps blame on TCN over epileptic energy provide in Akwa Ibom


Ibom Energy Plc, one of many Unbiased Energy Crops in Nigeria owned by Akwa Ibom State has blamed the Transmission Firm of Nigeria (TCN) over the epileptic energy provide skilled within the state.

The Managing Director of Ibom Energy Plant, Mr. Meyen Etukudo, disclosed this throughout an interview with Blueprint in Uyo on Sunday.

Etukudo stated the present 191 Megawatt (MW) of the corporate was able to offering regular electrical energy within the state however was thwarted by outdated and outdated cables linked by TCN.

“The one drawback of Nigeria is willpower and in Akwa Ibom, it’s the willpower of the current authorities that reworked the ability sector.

“Ibom Energy has 191 MW put in capability an influence that may carry the entire of this state with out getting energy from wherever if its runs.

“As we’re speaking we’ve got an out there capability that’s 153 MW which the entire of Akwa Ibom can’t nonetheless take however sadly, we’re producing 74 to 78 and so forth due to operational limitations.

“The road (electrical cables) from Aba in Abia State to Itu in Akwa Ibom owned by TCN has not been reconductored and these are strains inbuilt 1978. They’re 150mm (aluminum conductor) and haven’t been modified since 1978.

“So, when you put load above 55MW on them now, it’ll trip-on over present. So, that’s not the issue of Akwa Ibom State nor Ibom Energy,” he stated.

He stated the state authorities has been begging TCN since it’s their unique accountability, to come back and alter the strains however they haven’t proven up but.

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The MD, who acknowledged that the state comes first within the energy sector when in comparison with others, famous that Akwa Ibom has invested an enormous sum to actualise it.

Etukudo assured that earlier than the top of the tenure of the current administration within the state, there shall be a gentle energy provide throughout all villages.

“Now we have been interesting to TCN to come back and do the job however they hold saying they’ll come and it’s over eight years now.

“This authorities of Mr. Udom Emmanuel simply purchased 30 to 50 transformers just lately and we had already given out our 490 distributions to the general public, as at at this time we’ve got about 500 transformers.

“The governor, earlier than the time he leaves workplace the entire of Akwa Ibom, all of the villages suppose to be on the grid. The 2274 gazetted villages I’m speaking about shall be linked.

“So,  there is no such thing as a state authorities out of 36 which have put up such funding,  constructing substation even a transmission substation like in Ekim 132/33KVA that the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, got here and commissioned in 2020,” he stated.

He stated African Delta Energy Restricted which just lately signed an settlement with the state authorities so as to add 365 MW to the present 191 MW will quickly start the development in different to understand the ‘light-for-all’ initiative of Gov. Emmanuel Udom.

“The businesses constructed by the current authorities want energy provide so, there may be going to be energy substation with 132KV double circuit from Eket to Oron Native Authorities Space and we’re working with TCN.

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“The state authorities has performed its finest within the energy sector through the use of its cash to construct the mega substation in Ekim with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)which TCN is but to refund the cash,” he stated.

Nonetheless, Etukudo once more appealed to TCN to heed the calls by the state authorities to come back and improve all of the worn-out cables to ensure a gentle energy provide.