Ikeja Electric announces 8-week blackouts, lists affected areas in Lagos

*Ikeja Electric Plc has announced some communities under its franchise network in Lagos State will experience an eight-week power outage, as the firm appeals to consumers to bear with it towards improving power supply to the network

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

In view of the ongoing system upgrade of the electricity Distribution Company (DisCo), Ikeja Electric Plc has disclosed that some communities under its franchise network in Lagos State will experience an eight-week power outage.

ConsumerConnect gathered Jide Kumapayi, Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of Ikeja Electric, in a briefing noted that the development was borne of the need to enable the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to re-conduct its 132KV lines in the affected areas.

The Chief Technical Officer said the upgrade was coming at a time when the capacity of most of the 132KV lines have become limited mostly because of time and usage, leading to under-utilisation.

Kumapayi in a post on the DisCo’s Web site said: “The TCN is currently embarking on the upgrade of 132 KV lines from Ikeja West to Ota and this activity is phased into four stages.

“This is the second stage and TCN is upgrading the 132kv lines with more robust and sophisticated replacements which provide an opportunity to increase power evacuation for improved supply to customers as well as offering excellent conductor capacity which can withstand very high voltage.”

He further noted: “The upgrade which is set to commence on Monday, October 11, 2021, will affect customers within Oregun, Anifowoshe, Ojodu, Magodo, Omole, Oba-Akran, Oke-Ira, Ogba, Omole Phase 1 and parts of Ikeja, between the hours of 8:00a.m. and 6:00p.m. daily for eight weeks.”

Kumapayi, however, assured that the company’s technicians would be available to render support services when needed during the upgrade.

The Ikeja Electric CTO added: “Even though this is a TCN project, we owe our customers the duty to inform them of the situation because we 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 Network to improve power supply to customers under our network.

“So, we want to appeal to our customers to bear with us as this exercise will be beneficial toward the improvement of power supply in our network.”

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