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PHCN promises improved electricity supply to Bauchi

| January 1, 2013 More

Electricity consumers in Bauchi State will start enjoying the full complements of electricity by January, the Business Manager of Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Bauchi, Malam Ibrahim Zanna, said on Monday.

Zanna said in Bauchi that the supply of the district decreased because of some problems at the supply station in Jos. ‘’Because of the limitation in Jos, which is our supply line, we have reverted to feeding from Gombe. Unfortunately, we are not getting enough from Gombe. The Gombe allocation is exclusive of Bauchi.

‘’The main transformer which feeds Bauchi is being upgraded to 150MVA and the project is ongoing. We are told that early next year it will be completed. “When we go back to Jos line, things will definitely improve,’’ he said.

Zanna said although the state required 60 megawatts, it only received 10MW from Gombe. He said already the district office was putting in place facilities to evacuate the new supply that would be allocated to it at the end of the upgrade.

‘’We have just finished two major sub-stations now. We have the 15MVA that was just completed at Fadaman Mada and it is meant to feed customers at Fadan Mada, Barracks, Ran Road, Tudun Salamu and other locations within that area.

‘’We have also been able to complete another substation in Games Village inside Bauchi town. So, we have done two major projects; 15MVA at Fadaman Mada and 7.5MVA at Games Village. We also have a 60MVA a transmission station which is ongoing,’’ Zanna said.

In order to enjoy the new electricity stability, Zanna said that the district had embarked on rewiring of its networks to avoid burning or snapping of lines due to old age. ‘’Our headquarters had approved about 18,000m of aluminum wire for the rewiring of old ones.

You know when you have steady supply; some old and substandard wires will give way.

“So, we are eliminating all these from our network,’’ Zanna said.

The manager said that new offices and response teams had also been established to take care of problems and emergencies.

He said that the teams would be on 24 hours duty. Zanna said that licensed electricians, under the aegis of the Licensed Electrical Contractors of Nigeria (LECON), had been directed to use standard materials in the wiring of buildings to avoid mishaps.


Category: Bauchi State News

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