In its bid to improving quantum and quality of power supplied to customers, Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) PLC, says it is set to engage power generation companies within and outside the country that specialise in embedded generation.
A statement released by Management of BEDC, which was made available to Info Daily, indicates that the partnership is aimed at achieving the company’s aims and objectives.
It states that the measure was aimed at solving the problem of power supply in some of its franchise states as power generation companies are expected to produce power through embedded generation/off national grid to augment shortfall from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
The initiative, BEDC argued will permanently improve power supply in such locations within the shortest possible time.
“We implore our customers to note that the power sector improvement process is a journey and not a race and that with your collective support by prompt payment of bills and honoring of your obligations, we will all get to our desired destination faster, while all participants shall benefit from better power supply,” the statement reads.
The statement therefore states that companies willing to build, operate and evacuate power lines at 11KV or 33KV from their facilities to BEDC’s designated take-off points are the categories of firms the partnership is open to.
“The point of take-off shall be at 33KV or at 11KV voltage level, while the substation up to grid shall be required to be maintained by the respective party i.e. up to the 3KV or 11KV feeder (from power plant to linking point of BEDC network)”.
“This invitation is open to existing generation companies within BEDC’s franchise areas and those operators with genuine intention to site their generating facilities within our franchise area which covers Delta, Edo, Ekiti and Ondo states in Nigeria” the management asserted”, the statement reads in part.
For the purpose of Expression of Interest (EoI), the Power Distribution Company divided the sites lots into: Asaba as Lot A, while Warri and Benin as Lots B and C respectively. Akure is categorised under Lot D, Okitipupa in the same Ondo State as Lot E, while Ado Ekiti is lot F.
The statement added that each stated Lot location would be parceled into sub- areas under the Lot, stressing that interest of expression and bid will be based on these sub areas.
Among the preliminary requirements listed by BEDC for submitting the proposal are that the minimum capacity of power generation shall not be less than 5megawatts (MW) and that the minimum power availability from the plant shall be above 90 per cent.
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