Eko Disco to add 474MW via embedded generation
Managing Director, Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Mr. Oladele Amoda
As part of continued efforts to ensure its customers enjoy improved and reliable power distribution within its network, Eko Electricity Distribution Plc has concluded plans to acquire up to 474 megawatts of power directly into its network in an unprecedented embedded power generation initiative.
This move, the firm said in a statement on Wednesday, would more than double its current allocation from the national grid.
The embedded generation programme involves the construction of smaller sized plants in generating electricity that is connected to and evacuated through the distribution network infrastructure.
The proximity of these smaller sized plants to load centres within various communities will further assist the EKEDP in alleviating some of the current challenges being experienced by unclogging its transmission grid of bottlenecks amongst other notable issues.
The programme which has been submitted to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission for approval will go a long way in alleviating the shortage of power supply from the grid which has been rather unstable and epileptic in recent times, the firm said.
To achieve this, the EKEDP said it extended invitation bids to budding power generating companies and in return, received over 50 letters of interest.
Describing the process as a transparent one, the firm said all the bids received were evaluated for both technical and commercial competence and thereafter, 14 companies were adjudged as adequate in possessing the technical and commercial capacity to participate in the first phase of the EKEDPâ€™s embedded generation programme.
Following the receipt of NERC approval on the submissions tendered, the EKEDP said it would then invite approved companies for final negotiations leading to the signing of Power Purchase Agreements with them.
Projects alongside the embedded power generation programme are expected be completed within the next 18-24 months bringing about a most welcome relief to customers who have had to endure long periods of erratic power supply from the grid.
On bringing relief to its valued customers, the Managing Director, EKEDP, Mr. Oladele Amoda, said, â€œWith the active support of NERC for our proactive measure, our customers can indeed expect to enjoy the benefits of the privatisation of the power sector.â€
Amoda added that, â€œApart from the embedded generation plan, the EKEDP is also engaged in bilateral negotiations to purchase more power into our network which will bring relief to our consumers in the short term.â€
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