BEDC earmarks 200,200 meters for MAP in Delta

BEDC Electricity Plc. (BEDC) on Thursday earmarked a total of 200,200 meters to be rolled out to customers in Delta state in the next two years with a monthly cumulative average of 10,000units under the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme.

Executive Director, Commercial, Mr. Abu Ejoor disclosed this at a the media Launch of MAP in Asaba for Delta state customers saying that the scheme was taking off in Asaba and will eventually move to all local government locations in the state.

According to him, some of the locations flagged for takeoff of MAP within Asaba Township include NTA road, behind NTA, behind Government House, Amechi Iyio Way, Anwai road, Infant Jesus axis, Borrow Pit community and Ibuzo town road.

Mr. Ejoor opined that the MAP scheme would assist in reducing customer’s complaints on metering, wrong and estimated billings which he hinted, accounts for over 60 per cent of complaints.

Stressing that BEDC was committed to improving service delivery to customers, the executive Director said the company had connected 112 communities without supply in its coverage areas to the national grid with 55 of such locations in Delta.

Speaking on current reality on power supply in Delta, Mr. Ejoor explained that 32per cent of BEDC’s power allocation comes to Delta, adding that an average of 84,516MW is delivered to the state monthly.

“Before Asaba and Warri TCN problem, there was average daily availability of 10-22hours on 33KV feeders and 6-10 hours on 11kv feeders. About 14per cent of power generated is lost due to poor network infrastructure, while we continue to improve the network,” he added.

He listed some recent power supply improvement projects in Delta to include; construction of commercial feeders in Asaba, Warri, Udu, ogwuashi-Uku, Agbor from 6hours to average 22hours to the commercial customers in the environs and the rehabilitation and restoration of power supply to many communities in the state including, Ubulu-Ukwu, Ibuzo, Issele-Uku and Illah.

Also speaking, Chief State Head, Delta, Engr Fidelis Obishai disclosed that in view of the failed 2x150MVA 330/132kv power transformers in Asaba Transmission station, customers were being presently fed from Onitsha, adding that available power is however 30MW as against 100MW required.

Obishai equally lamented that due to the faulty 1x60MVA power transformer in Effurun, due to undersized conductors heavy load management is taking place in Effurun, Warri, PTI and Sapele axis of the state.

He said that total number of customers to be enumerated is over 319,552 across the business units urging customers to cooperate with enumerators during the ongoing enumeration and asset validation exercise.

 Here are pictures from the MAP Launch

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