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Port Harcourt Disco announces 14-day power outage in Rivers

Power transmissionMkpoikana Udoma 14 July 2014, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, has announced plans to temporary withdraw its power transmission supply in Rivers State from  the July 14 to 28, for “a corrective work”

The corrective work, according to the company, would be carried out on its transmission and the re-conductor of some sections of its supply lines that bring power into Port Harcourt.

The PHED, in a statement issued by its Public Affairs Manager, Mr. John Onyi, stated that the planned power cut by its transmission company is aimed at enhancing improve capacity of its supply lines.
According to the statement: “The outages will be from the hours of 9am to 4pm each day for a period of two weeks. This work when completed will enhance the power wheeling capacity of the lines. During this period, electricity consumers in Port Harcourt will experience temporary withdrawal of service”.
“Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company will make concerted effort to resume normal electricity supply to customers from 4pm on each day to 9am the next day”.
The statement also said that the Port Harcourt metropolis, which has been experiencing load limitation occasioned by inadequate megawatts from the national grid, has now received only about 150-164 megawatts as against 694 megawatts being the load demand within the city, noting that the inadequacy has forced the company to embark on load shedding with a view to going round.
The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company also decried the loss of 9 distribution transformers due to the activities of vandals in the Diobu Business Units, which, according to it, has limited Mile 3, Iwofe, Mile 2, Agip and some sections of Rumueme axis from steady power supply.
The statement also affirmed that work was ongoing at the vandalised 5 towers  (132kv lines) which supplies power from Omoku to Port Harcourt. The power line was attacked by vandals over four months ago, limiting the NTA-Mgbuoba, Ada-George,  Rumuosi, UPTH, University of Port Harcourt and some parts of the East West road from power supply.
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