North-west power con­sor­tium takes over Kaduna DISCO in Au­gust

Daily Trust - - ELECTRICITY -

The Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Kaduna Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (KEDC), Al­haji Mo­hammed Idris, last week, said that the com­pany would be handed over to the new in­vestors in Au­gust.

Idris made the dis­clo­sure when he re­ceived the Se­nate Com­mit­tee on power, led by Sen. Philip Aduda.

He said that the in­vestors, North­west Power Con­sor­tium, had paid 25 per cent of ap­proved bid price.

The man­ag­ing di­rec­tor said that there were 18 na­tional in­te­grated power projects in Kaduna state.

``Only seven of the projects have been fully com­pleted, while oth­ers are at var­i­ous stage of com­ple­tion.

``We have 106 sub­sta­tions in­jec­tions with 915 MVA.

``The route length of the 33KV net­work is 8,317.14km, while 11kv is 2,729.71km and 415volts is 20,004km net­works, re­spec­tively,” he said.

Idris also said the billing pro­file of the com­pany as at De­cem­ber 2013, showed that KEDC had 321,356 elec­tric­ity con­sumers with 199, 479 me­ters in circulation.

Ac­cord­ing to him, only 121,877 elec­tric­ity con­sumers are on di­rect con­nec­tion.

He so­licited the rein­tro­duc­tion of free me­ter scheme, stress­ing that most elec­tric­ity con­sumers in ru­ral ar­eas could not af­ford pre­paid me­ters.

``Be­cause of this, over 60 per cent of the people en­joy­ing elec­tric­ity are il­le­gally con­nected due to high cost of pre­paid me­ters,” he said.

In his re­sponse, Aduda said the is­sue of pre­paid me­ters had been polic­tised, adding: ``if this is­sue is not re­solved there’s no way in­vestors can give qual­ity power sup­ply’’.

Aduda said that elec­tric­ity con­sumers’ pop­u­la­tion had re­mained a ma­jor is­sue in all the DIS­COs.

He called for an ac­cu­rate sta­tis­tics of elec­tric­ity con­sumers na­tion­wide to lever­age the qual­ity de­liv­ery con­tent of pri­vati­sa­tion. (NAN)

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