A Review of the Nigerian Energy Industry

Faulty transformer throws 50 Enugu communities into darkness

Tony Edike

04 September 2012, Sweetcrude, ENUGU—OVER 50 communities in Enugu State that got electricity supply from the 7.5 MVA transformer of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN at Oji River substation have been thrown into darkness following a major fault in the transformer.

Mostly affected by the power outage are communities within Oji River, Udi, Ezeagu, Igbo-Eze South and Igbo-Eze North local government areas.

Residents of these communities have remained in darkness for over six weeks while those who rely on electricity for their normal businesses have been thrown into severe hardship on account of the prolonged power outage.

The PHCN Public Affairs Manager for Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, Mr. Eseme Udoh, confirmed, when contacted on the development, Monday, that there was a major problem with the 7.5 MVA power transformer at Oji River.
But, he added that the PHCN engineers had been working round the clock to repair it.

He said: “The 7.5 MVA transformer at Oji River which supplies electricity through 66 KV transmission line to parts of Oji River, Udi, Ezeagu and Igbo-Eze council areas is faulty and that is the cause of the current blackout in these areas but our engineers are working frantically to restore power to the affected communities.”

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