TCN fire didn’t affect power supply, says BEDC

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THE Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has said last Sunday fire at the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) station in Benin, Edo State, has not affected the supply of electricity to customers.

It said customers without power supply might be due to either load management schedule or local technical fault in their locations, among other sundry reasons.

A statement by BEDC’s spokesman Adekunle Tayo said the TCN has been wheeling electricity to its feeders in all BEDC locations since the fire. According to him, no specific location of the BEDC was affected in terms of power supply.

Tayo praised customers for their understanding and cooperation.

The statement reads: “The fire, it will be recalled, initially caused a partial system collapse as the gutted TCN station is interconnected to other TCN locations across the country.

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“However, normalcy, in terms of power supply, was restored later in the day as spirited efforts by stakeholders’ yielded positive results and the fire was put off same day.

“The company specifically praises some of its strategic stakeholders and customers who responded to its call for assistance during the inferno, including the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Nigerian Integrated Power Plant, Ogorode, Sapele, Delta State, the Sapele Power Station Fire Service, Edo State Government Fire Service and the Delta State Fire Service.

“Others were IDSL Benin, NPDC Fire Service department, Nigerian Air Force base Benin, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, (UBTH), and Nigerian School of Army Supply and Transport Ugbowo, Benin.”

by Osagie Otabor

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