By Etuka Sunday
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA) have scored Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) high on the N200million newly acquired technical equipment in the industry.
Speaking at the Official Commissioning of the AEDC G-42 Injection Substation, 4×14 MVA, opposite Federal Ministry of Finance, Central Business District, Abuja, the duo commended the company for the feat achieved in ensuring quality service delivery.
The Managing Director, NEMSA, Engr. Peter Ewesor, and the Commissioner, Engineering Performance and Monitoring, NERC, Prof. Frank Okafor in their separate speeches assured electricity customers in Abuja that the equipment would ensure speedy resolution of electrical faults especially in areas where underground cables are used.
Addressing newsmen at the sideline of the event, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, AEDC, Engr. Ernest Muwaya said: “some of the technologies such as infrared cameras, are quite expensive equipments, we used them for inspection in areas where there are hot spots, they are faults which are yet to manifest. If we can see them in advance and take out the line and prevent, then we are taking proactive step to avoid prolong outages.
“With this equipment, customers will start seeing shorter resolution of faults and minimization of faults as against the former practice of inspection of lines and transformers.
Portable meter for testing, we can hook them with an existing meter and within few minutes, we can declare whether our meter is faulty or not. That equipment can also be used for corrections, where customer believes that estimated billing is high to so as to adjust it. It is equipment with variety of usage.
He gave the names of some of the equipment to include: Portable meters, portable meter testing equipment, power quality analyzer and measuring instrument.
On the whether the company has an equipment to detect meter bypass, the MD said: “we do have the technology to detect meter bypass, for example, all our large user customers, the majority of them we are monitoring them online using automatic meter reading facility which we have installed and everyday unfortunately we are seeing meter bypasses live and we are taking intervention in terms of rebilling them and surcharging them so, for large power users, the monitoring is online, let me just categorically say, they should not even attempt, because they will be caught.”
Earlier, in welcome address, the Director, Corporate Services, Engr. Abimbola Odubiyi said, that the Multimillion naira equipment would help the company improve on service delivery to the customers.
He said, “as a caring company, we are committed to improved service delivery and today’s commissioning is a demonstration of that effort.”