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Kaduna Electric dismisses load rejection claim

Kaduna Electric dismisses load rejection claim

Ugo Amadi
Kaduna Electric has described as ‘’factually incorrect‘’, the recent media report attributed to the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN that the Distribution Company is rejecting power allocated to it for distribution to its customers.

A press statement issued by the Head, Corporate Communications of the Company, Abdulazeez Abdullahi in Kaduna said that contrary to the report, the Company has in many instances lately, actually taken more than its allocation, a development which he said cost the company millions of naira. Some invoices submitted to the Company by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading plc, (NBET) indicated that Kaduna Electric received 8.34%, 8.44%, 9.42%, 9.06%, and 8.70% in the months of January, February, March, April, and May 2017 respectively. This is way above its monthly allocation of 8% of the total power generation sent to the national grid. ‘’with exception of the last two months, the monthly invoice submitted by NBET has consistently shown that our Company is taking much more than its allocation. Consequently, we have been paying dearly for our commitment to meet the energy need of our customers. It therefore does not appeal to logic and verifiable fact to list Kaduna electric among Distribution Companies rejecting load’’, he contended.

He also blamed TCN for intermittent interruption of power supply in the Company’s operational territory, stating that Kaduna Electric lost 638.2 megawatts in the month of August 2017 in 152 TCN requested outages.‘’While it is not in our tradition to engage in blame game, it suffice to say that in the month of August alone, TCN demanded that we dropped load on emergency on 152 different occasions which resulted in the loss of 653.2 megawatts.’’The statement also attributed some of the power failures experienced by the Company to forced outages; an unplanned interruption of power supply due to faults, equipment failure or technical deficiency on power lines.
This problem was further compounded by poor construction and used of substandard materials by some states governments and local government councils in their rural electrification projects.

According to the Kaduna Electric spokesman, ‘’some states and local governments do carry-out electrification projects without consulting the Company and often uses substandard materials which make the lines vulnerable and susceptible especially when there is heavy wind storm’’. He called for better synergy and collaboration among stakeholders in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, stressing that each participant must learn to collaborate with, and provide satisfactory services to its customers. The statement reads that “The TCN must know that the Discos are its customers and must supply power to where the Discos need it most and not where it is convenient to it (TCN). Sometimes, there is misplacement of priority which we want TCN to address. It does not serve the interest of the public nor the industry for power to be sent where there is no demand for it”, he suggested.

However, it could be recalled that last week, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) disclosed that 11 electricity distribution companies (Discos) in the power sector are still in the habit of refusing to take maximum electricity loads allocated to them for distribution to their various consumers.The TCN said in a weekly electricity allocation log it posted on its twitter handle – @TCN_Nigeria, which showed that between August 27 and September 3, 2017 – a period of eight days, the 11 Discos comprising of Abuja, Benin, Eko, Enugu, Ibadan, Ikeja, Jos, Kaduna, Kano, Port Harcourt, and Yola, refused to take up and distribute a total of 22,277.53 megawatts (MW) of power produced by power generation companies (Gencos).

This is despite current records from both the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) indicating that well over 89 million Nigerian citizens do not have any form of electricity connections to their homes.
Yet, the Discos according to the TCN records refused to take up an average of 2,784.6MW every day for distribution to their customers, thereby suggesting that the rejected volumes were produced by the Gencos, and the TCN willing to transmit them.
According to the records, on August 27, the Discos collectively rejected a total of 1,351.47MW; the next day, they allowed a whopping 3,129.05MW to waste; while on August 30, they simply could not take up 2,841.1MW that was generated.

Similarly, their load rejection acts continued on August 31, when they failed to accept 2,656.46MW of power that was generated; on September 1, they could not take 2,713.95MW; as well as on September 2 and 3 when they could not take 3,010.59MW and 3,267.17MW respectively.

According to the record, Ikeja, Ibadan, and Enugu Discos were among the top in the load rejection acts of the Discos.
The record showed the load rejection acts of the Discos to include: “August 27: Abuja Disco – 143.27MW; Benin Disco – 134.71MW; Eko Disco -92.97MW; Enugu Disco -166.33MW; Ibadan Disco – 172.11MW; Ikeja – 396.24MW; Jos – 79.14MW; Kaduna – 117.43MW; Kano – 32.22MW; Port Harcourt Disco – 3.14MW; Yola Disco – 13.91MW.

“28/08/017: 335.32MW; 268.55MW; 298.83MW; 311.68MW; 375.50MW; 638.26MW; 167.82MW; 264.03MW; 212.01MW; 165.22MW; 91.83MW respectively.
“29/08/017: 358.71MW; 298.67; 359.22MW; 296.03MW; 421.14MW; 652.83MW; 183.85MW; 277.73MW; 200.40MW; 158.68MW; 100.48MW.”
It further continued respectively as: “30/08/017: 288.32MW; 237.90MW; 268.70MW; 285.95MW; 332.49MW; 600.92MW; 144.38MW; 248.99MW; 203.11MW; 156.39MW; 73.95MW.

“31/08/017: 235.34MW; 250.22MW; 272.26MW; 261.86MW; 325.91MW; 595.69MW; 106.06MW; 224.16MW; 179.57MW; 124.88MW; 80.51MW.
“01/09/017: 283.95MW; 219.55MW; 282.48MW; 248.01MW; 314.32MW; 624.36MW; 125.60MW; 215.60MW; 212.38MW; 116.06MW; 71.64MW.
“02/09/017: 304.52MW; 227.35MW; 302.66MW; 283.53MW; 359.48MW; 635.80MW; 152.80MW; 243.00MW; 227.89MW; 190.48MW; 83.08MW.
“03/09/017: 297.25MW; 285.27Mw; 320.54MW; 310.07MW; 404.54MW; 619.11MW; 156.84MW; 298.35MW; 255.51MW; 230.02MW; 89.67MW.”
furthermore, based on the reports of the sector’s performance within the period which the Advisory Power Team in the Office of the Vice President shared, most of the Discos have continued to experience challenges with their networks.
The advisory team’s report linked the poor distribution capacities of the Discos to the frequent outages at their feeders.

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