FG inaugurates 13-man Panel to investigate causes of system collapse

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The federal government has call on 13 past and current administrators in Nigeria’s Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) to investigate on the causes of system collapse and report to it within a fortnight.

The 13-man technical investigative panel on system collapse, which was inaugurated in Abuja Monday by the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, at  the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) launch of an advanced measure aimed at prompt rectification of disruptions in power supply on its transmission networks and substations nationwide.

The panel is to review all system collapses that have occurred from January 2013 and identify solutions. They are to also itemise underlying reasons for frequent trips in the nation’s electricity transmission and distribution networks.

The panel, which is chaired by a former director in the Ministry of Power, Fatai Olapade, has as members Chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Dr. Sam Amadi; Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP), Beks Dagogo-Jack; Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TCN, Don Priestman; and Managing Director of Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), James Olotu.

Other members include Director of Power in the ministry, Sanusi Garba; CEO of Egbin Power plant, Mike Uzoigwe; CEO of Ikeja Distribution Company, Chris Akamnonu; and the Vice-President, International Commission for Large Dams, Omo Ekpo.

Nebo, at the inauguration of the panel, said the federal government raised it because it was worried by the frequency of disruptions in the electricity network and would anticipate a thorough and transparent report on the development from the panel.

He explained that the magnitude of the challenge informed the composition of the panel, adding that: “This panel is not going to be like most others, but must work round the clock and provide answers and solutions within two weeks. No excuse will be tolerated, please.”

Principal Officer of Penuel Consulting LLC, which was contracted to undertake the project for the transmission company, Timmy Fadiora, stated at the inauguration of the project that technology would strengthen TCN’s monitoring mechanism on its transmission lines to rectify quickly disruptions in power supply.

“The essence of the project is for TCN to be able to conduct aerial mapping of its entire transmission lines and substations in Nigeria, and actually get the geo-reference and exact location of each of those lines and substations to help it identify areas where you have energy losses on the line because when you generate 4,500MW that you transmit and distribute to consumers and there are losses, if you know the exact points, you will be able to minimise these losses.

“The technology will stop encroachment on the right of way corridor of TCN either by vegetation or human activities; it will identify these encroachments for safety and reliability purposes with generated data, and will know the particular encroached areas and power cuts,” Fadiora said.

 

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