Load Shedding in Magboro, Ibafo, Others Temporary—IBEDC
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Residents of Magboro, Ibafo, Mowe and environs have been urged to be patient as the load shedding being experienced at the moment is just temporary.
The supplier of electricity to the areas, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) Plc, said it was making efforts to make things better for the inhabitants.
In a statement issued by the Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of IBEDC, Mr Akin Abiodun, on behalf of the management, it was stated that the issue was discussed with the community leaders on March 15, 2021, and an agreement reached.
Mr Abiodun stated that during the meeting, it was agreed that for fair and quality power supply, the three shifts load shedding arrangement was increased to four.
Explaining how things became worse, the CTO said the supply to Ibafo originates from a 33kV feeder which radiates supply from Oke-Aro Transmission Station through Magboro, Makogi, Oke-Afa to Ibafo, Asese, Orimerunmu, Pakuro, Lotto and Mowe axis and environs.
He said the current load demand for the axis for an equitable power supply is 35 Megawatts, but the allocated energy from Oke-Aro TCN is 13 Megawatts, which was the initial arrangement based on how sparsely populated the communities were few years ago.
The increase in population has created an attendant rise in energy consumption making the 13 Megawatts grossly inadequate, he explained.
As part of efforts to ensure an even distribution of power supply to the communities, IBEDC management met and wrote to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) requesting an increase in load allocation to the axis.
The TCN management, however, explained that all the transformers at the station were already overloaded and that plans were in place for the upgrade of the substation, he narrated.
According to him, IBEDC further requested for diversion of excess load on another feeder to Ibafo 33kV feeder, but that this request was yet to be granted.
But Mr Abiodun disclosed that IBEDC has commenced radiating another feeder from the recently commissioned Kobape Transmission Station in Abeokuta to Mowe/Ibafo to relieve the load demand of the area and that is expected to take effect later on in the year.
“The feeder is overloaded and it trips frequently. Frequent tripping of feeders shortens the life of circuit breakers and this necessitated the need for load shedding methodology that will promote amicable and mutual benefits to our substation equipment and all the communities concerned,” a part of the statement explained.
“IBEDC as a customer-centric company that has the interest of her customers at heart apologises for all the inconveniences this new load shedding arrangement might have caused our esteemed customers in Magboro, Ibafo, Mowe and environs,” the statement noted.