The Ikeja Electric Plc has announced a 10 hours blackout in some areas of Lagos over the next 8 weeks.
According to the electricity distribution company through its Chief Technical Officer, Olajide Kumapayi, the cease of power supply during the 10 hours period would enable the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to re-conduct its 132KV lines.
He further noted that some of the 132KV lines installed over 50 years ago had become obsolete and degraded due to time and usage.
The blackout was scheduled for 8 am to 6 pm daily and would begin on October 11.
The Lagos areas that will be affected by the project, according to Kumapayi include: Oregun, Police Training College, Oba Akran, Oke Ira, Ogba, Magodo, Anifowoshe and Omole Phase One.
“The TCN is currently embarking on the upgrade of the 132KV lines from Ikeja West to Ota and Alimosho in stages. This is the second stage,” Kumapayi said.
“The TCN is replacing all the aluminum conductors with gap conductors which is more sophisticated to withstand heat and has more capacity to carry current.
“The implication of this is that from 8 am to 6 pm every day, the substations controlling these areas will be switched off which will affect the feeders connected to them.
“This will affect all categories of customers within the area especially our Maximum Demand (MD) customers such as Ikeja City Mall, Police College, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and the Ikeja High Court.”
The chief technical officer added that the TCN will also move to Alimosho and Agege axis in the next stage.