FG to DisCo: Disconnect uncertified transformers

The Federal Government on Friday ordered the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company to immediately disconnect all 33kV and 11kV transformers that it installed in 13 locations without complying with stipulated statutory inspections.

The order was contained in an enforcement notice issued by the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency.

It stated that the directive was per the provisions of the NEMSA Act, 2015.

It explained that the notice, which was issued to the management of EEDC, was due to the DisCo’s incessant and flagrant disregard for technical standards, stressing that that was in contravention of the NEMSA Act 2015, and the Nigerian Electricity Supply and Installation Standards Regulation 2015.

The agency is mandated to enforce installation standards regulations, according to Section 6 (b) of the NEMSA Act.

In the enforcement notice, NEMSA expressed concern over the power firm’s nonchalant attitude to the issues raised and subsequently “directed Enugu DisCo to immediately disconnect the following 33kV and 11kV transformer installations connected without statutory Inspection, testing, and certification by NEMSA.”

“By the law establishing NEMSA, the agency is authorised to, among other things, enforce compliance with the technical standards for all electrical installations, electrical plants, including power plants and ancillary systems, electricity networks, and connectivity to the grid.

“It (NEMSA) is to provide sustained technical inspection, testing, and certification of all electrical materials, (including transformer oil and chemicals) or equipment, power systems, networks (generation, transmission, and distribution), or electrical installations to be used in the power sector,” the agency stated.

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