The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has announced the commencement of deployment of Distribution Transformer (DT) meters to all public distribution transformers under its franchise using an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) solution for accuracy.
Mr John Ayodele, the Chief Operating Officer of company who stated this in a statement noted that the metring was part of the company’s drive to provide quality service to customers under it’s franchise areas.
Ayodele stated that; “with the installation of these meters and the deployment of the AMI technology, IBEDC will be able to measure the actual energy consumption of customers in real-time.
“This initiative will greatly benefit customers as the smart meters will ensure better energy accounting and accountability, thereby making estimated bills more accurate and reliable.
“It will enable us to reduce our response time to fault clearing and improve on our operational efficiency as the AMI solution can detect if there is a fault with a Transformer and communicate this information in real time to our control room.
“This will make fault clearing faster as the time wasted on patrolling the lines to locate the fault is eliminated,” he said
The COO noted that the company’s technical team and authorised contractors have already began the deployment these smart meters and configuring some of the transformers to enable them be compatible with the AMI solution.
Ayodele said: ‘We are appealing for the cooperation and understanding of our esteemed customers as our technical officers will require access to transformers that are situated within customers’ premises as well as also those safeguarded by communities.
“It has been our mission to always serve our customers better, and this initiative is a step further to ensuring this commitment.”he added.
However, the Chief Operating Officer of Ibadan Electricity Company (IBEDC) , Mr John Ayodele, says the disco has ordered for equipment required for the rehabilitation of the Oke-Omiru Injection Substation in Ilesha.
Ayode said in a statement that administrative and technical team would visit the substation to begin clean-up, system replacement, among others
It would be recalled that on April 6 Mr John Donnachie, the Chief Executive Officer of lBEDC), hinted that due to the extensive damage done to IBEDC distribution network infrastructure, specifically the Oke-Omiru injection substation and the accompanying district facilities, power cannot be restored now as hundreds of millions of naira will be required to revamp and rehabilitate the infrastructure.
According to Ayodele, “We have ordered the equipment required to rehabilitate the Oke -Omiru Injection substation that was damaged during the massive destruction and carnage that occurred at Ilesha”.
” The administrative and technical team will arrive Ilesha next week to begin initial rehabilitation and renovation works like clean -up of the damaged offices.” Furniture and systems replacement and other critical infrastructure necessary for staff and service to resume as all the offices that service Ilesha were destroyed during the ill- fated protest.
“On the technical end, while await the delivery of the equipment needed to rehabilitate the Oke -Omiru Injection substation we will simultaneously explore restoring power temporarily to some parts of Ilesha through one of the neighboring substations, which we have ascertained is in good condition, namely Imo or Ilerin Injection substations,” he said.
Ayodele said that the power restoration will be in phases as our technical team progress with the palliative works.
Responding to news making the rounds that IBEDC is deliberating refusing to restore power to Ilesha and threats from some advocacy groups, he stated that it is understandable that stories and so called threats would be peddled from uninformed people to stir rancour.
He added that because the Governor and leadership of the Ilesha people that have been interfacing with IBEDC are aware of all the efforts to restore power.
He said: “That is why we always counsel and appeal to communities never to resort to violence, vandalism and destruction of power infrastructures and installations during protests.
” Because the sad occurrence at Ilesha resulted in destruction of infrastructure worth over N200 million.
“Off course with the already limited financial resources available and other considerations it will never be easy to restore power when unfortunate incidents like this occur, as the funding availability to all Discos are very limited.
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