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Abraka, Mosogar, Others To Experience Blackout Amid NERC Unbundling Of TCN

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The Benin Electricity Distribution Company, BEDC, will commence a two-week power outage from Saturday, 4th-17th May, 2024.

The outage would likely affect Abraka, Mosogar and other towns.

The Sapele Regional Head of BEDC, Mr Friday Okosun, told journalists on Friday in Abraka that the expected power outage is due to the erection of two(2) towers Turn-in and Turn-out towers.

Okosun explained that the breaking and restringing of the various feeders Abraka (Umutu, Obiaruku axis) 33kv Mosogar (Jesse, Sapele) 33kv, Adeje 33kv, industrial 33kv and Wood land were part of the reasons for the outage.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC),  has unbundled the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) with the establishment of the Nigerian Independent System Operator of Nigeria Limited (NISO).

The company disclosed  this in an order signed by its Chairman, Mr Sanusi Garba and Mr Muslim Oseni, Vice Chairman in Abuja on Saturday.

According to the order,  TCN will transfer all market and system operation functions to the newly formed NISO.

The company said that this is in line with the provisions of the Electricity Act 2023, which provides clearer guidelines for the incorporation and licensing of the independent system operator (ISO).

It said that previously, TCN held Transmission Service Provider (TSP) and System Operations (SO) licences issued by NERC.

“With the establishment of NISO, TCN will now transfer its assets and liabilities related to market and system operations to the new entity.”

According to the order, the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) has been directed to incorporate a private company limited by shares under the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) by May 31.

“This new company, to be named the Nigerian Independent System Operator of Nigeria Limited (NISO), will assume the market and system operation functions as specified in the Electricity Act and the terms of TCN’s system operation licence”, it said.

The company  outlined NISO’s responsibilities to include  managing assets and liabilities related to market, and system operation on behalf of market participants and consumer groups.

“The new ISO will also negotiate contracts for ancillary services with independent power producers and generation licensees.

“In addition to performing market and system operation functions for the benefit of market participants and system users”, it said.

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