By Osaigbovo Iguobaro, Benin
The management of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has disclosed plans to partner local and foreign investors towards improving the quantum and quality of power supply to its customers across its franchise states – Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti.
A statement from the spokesman of BEDC. Mr Adekunle Tayo on Tuesday in Benin City, said the partnership is for companies that are willing to build, operate and evacuate power lines (11KV or 33KV) from their facilities to BEDC’s designated take-off points.
“This invitation is open to existing generation companies within BEDC’s franchise areas and those operators with genuine intention to site their generating facilities within our franchise area which covers Delta, Edo, Ekiti and Ondo States in Nigeria” the management said.
The point of take-off BEDC according to him, shall be at 33KV or at 11KV voltage level, while the substation up to grid shall be required to be maintained by the respective party that is up to the 3KV or 11KV feeder (from power plant to linking point of BEDC network).
He explained that the partnership is expected to produce power through embedded generation/off national grid to augment shortfall from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and will permanently improve power supply in such locations within the shortest possible time.
“We implore our customers to note that the power sector improvement process is a journey and not a race and that with your collective support by prompt payment of bills and honoring of your obligations, we will all get to our desired destination faster while all participants shall benefit from better power supply,” the statement said.