Ikeja electric customers would experience a total blackout for 8-week starting from Monday, October 11.
Ikeja Electric Plc has announced that some areas under its operational network will experience outages for a period of eight weeks to enable the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to re-conduct its 132KV lines.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the development was made known by Mr Olajide Kumapayi, the Chief Technical Officer, Ikeja Electric, during a media briefing on Monday in Ikeja.
Kumapayi said that the project which would begin on Monday, October 11, was aimed at increasing the capacity of the transmission lines to wheel more power from the generation companies.
He noted that some of 132K lines installed over 50 years ago had become obsolete and degraded due to time and usage.
According to him, areas that will be affected by this stage of the project include Oregun, Police Training College, Oba Akran, Oke Ira, Ogba, Magodo, Anifowoshe and Omole Phase One.
Why Ikeja Electric Customers Will Experience 8-Week Blackout
Kumapayi 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.
“The TCN is replacing all the aluminum 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 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, the substations controlling these areas will be switched off which will affect the feeders connected to them.
“This will affect all categories of customers within the area especially our Maximum Demand (MD) customers such as Ikeja City Mall, Police College, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and the Ikeja High Court.”
Kumapayi added that the TCN would also move to Alimosho and Agege axis during the next stage.
He noted that the upgrade was a power sector initiative to boost the transmission and distribution of electricity to Nigerians.
Also, Mr Felix Ofulue, Head, Corporate Communications, Ikeja Electric, said the DisCo had written to the MD customers notifying them of the situation.
Ofulue said the company was also meeting with its bilateral power supply agreement partners and appealed to all those affected to exercise patience with the DisCo during the period.
He said, “Even though this is a TCN project, it is our duty to inform our customers of the situation because we are the ones that interface with them on a daily basis.
“We believe it will be for the benefit of our customers at the end of the day and will also allow Ikeja Electric to invest more in our system to improve power supply to customers under our network.”
Meanwhile, the Federal Government had commence distribution of free electricity meters to Nigerians with simultaneous launch events of the scheme in Kano, Kaduna, Eko and Ikeja DISCO franchise areas.