03 March 2014, Lagos – As power generation level continues to decline as a result of gas pipeline vandalism, electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) are looking beyond the national grid and discussing with private power generating firms.
Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) is one of such DISCOs. Its Chief Executive Officer, Oladele Amoda, told The Nation that exploring such option had become imperative as the upstream segment has a problem and has failed the nation.
He said: “We are exploring new ways of bringing power to our network outside the grid. We are going into embedded generation to complement whatever we are going to get from the grid. The grid is having some challenges now, but we want to overcome the challenges in the shortest possible time.”
He explained that embedded generation is another viable option because it is got outside the national grid. According to him, this type of generation is achieved through a bilateral agreement between the generating firms and the DISCO.
He said embedded generation is done in small forms but the generated power is given to DISCO directly.
“The power generation we have is generated into the grid and from the grid it is allocated to DISCOs, but the embedded generation is direct arrangement between the company that is offering the embedded power and the DISCO.
“It is a direct agreement. The company will set up their plants, we discuss on the terms, which include tariff and others. We will take power directly from them,” he said.
Amoda, however, said embedded generation is just complementary power that is off-grid. “We have control over that and it will be more stable than the one from the grid. “Grid power is subjected to system collapse and other issues but embedded power wherever we channel it to, the customers there will have stable power supply,” he added.
He said the firm wants to expand the network because what it inherited is such that it cannot carry the load that the management expects in the near future.
“So we have a plan to reinforce the lines, change all the obsolete equipment to improve supply,” he added.
He also said as part of strengthening the network of the firm and human capacity development as well as customer care, the management is investing in all the value chain of the operation. He added that the company has a training programme that is structured and tailored to suit all its activities. “Very soon, we will get some National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) trained engineers to complement what we have,” he assured.
– The Nation