The Ikeja Electric Plc has announced that there’ll be 8-weeks blackout in Lagos state during which some areas in Lagos State will experience eight weeks of power outage due to a planned re-conductoring of 132kv lines.
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The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN will head the re-conducting with the main aim of expanding the wheeling capacity across the IKeja Electric network despite being the largest electricity company in Lagos.
chief technical officer of the electricity distribution company (DisCo), Olajide Kumapayi, confirmed that the project will begin on October 11 and that should be the time the blackout is to be expected.
Which Areas in Lagos will be Affected by the 8-weeks blackout in Lagos?
The areas that are expected to be affected by the 8-weeks blackout in Lagos state include Oregun, Police Training College, Oba Akran, Oke Ira, Ogba, Magodo, Anifowoshe and Omole Phase One.
Also, Maximum Demand (MD) customers such as Ikeja City Mall, Police College, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and the Ikeja High Court will be affected by the project
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The chief technical officer disclosed that the TCN will also move to Alimosho and Agege axis in the next stage.
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Kumapayi noted that the outage became necessary because some of the 132Kv lines installed over 50 years ago had become obsolete and degraded due to time and usage.
In his words when shading more light on the 8-weeks blackout in Lagos;
“The TCN is currently embarking on the upgrade of the 132KV lines from Ikeja West to Ota and Alimosho in stages. This is the second stage.
“We will replace all the aluminium conductors with gap conductors which is more sophisticated to withstand heat and has more capacity to carry current.
“The implication of this is that from 8am to 6pm every day, the substations controlling these areas will be switched off which will affect the feeders connected to them.”
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