TCN says power supply to drop by 826MW for 3 hours Saturday

ERERA Power lines21 December 2013, Abuja – The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said that there will be a drop in nationwide power supply by about 826 megawatts (MW) today but for just about three hours.

The drop will however affect just about five states in the eastern and southern part of the country; Abia, Cross River, Imo, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States
It said this yesterday in a statement which also communicated a recent change in the management echelon of the company.

The statement explained that the drop in nationwide power supply for that duration was occasioned by its decision to carry out urgent repair on 330kv transmission line stretching from Onitsha in Anambra State to Alaoji in Abia State.

It said: “On Saturday, December 21, 2013, from 9am to 12 noon, the Afam VI, River IPP, Ibom power and Afam IV power stations will be shut down, resulting in 826MW reduction in generation output.

During this period, Abia, Cross River, Imo, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa States will experience power outage. However, power supply will be restored as soon as repair works is completed at 12noon,” the statement which was signed by the manager communication of TCN, Seun Olagunju said.

TCN however assured that the repair work will improve power grid reliability but regrets inconveniences to the affected states.

Meanwhile, the board of TCN has also approved the appointment of Mr. Mack Kast as the new Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company, thus relieving the erstwhile managing director of the company, Don Priestman of his responsibilities.

It said that the appointment of the new MD was approved during the 4th meeting of the board which was held at the company’s headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday, 18th of December 2013.
Kast by this appointment replaces Priestman who was the pioneer MD of TCN which is currently being managed by Manitoba Hydro International on behalf of the government of Nigeria on a three years management contract basis.

Prior to his appointment, Kast was engaged as an advisor for Manitoba Hydro International (MHI), working for the TCN as part of the federal government power sector reform initiative.
The statement also noted that he has spent substantial time working on this project since its inception in September 2012.

He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Canada and has worked in the power utility sector such as Manitoba where he held executive roles as well as in Ontario Hydro and Regulatory Boards in both Ontario and Alberta, Canada.

More recently, Kast was a member of a three-person team engaged by MHI on a two-year contract with the Kenya Light and Power Company. on an energy sector recovery projects.


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