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Port Harcourt to experience power cut for 10 days

14 July 2014, 09:38

Port Harcourt - The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED), on Sunday, announced that it would cut power supply to Port Harcourt between July 13 and 23 for repairs and upgrade of facilities.

The company’s Public Affairs Manager, John Onyi, told newsmen in Port Harcourt that there would be power outage from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily during the period.  

Onyi said the power cut was to enable the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to work on PHED facilities to boost electricity distribution in the city.  

"The upgrade, when completed, will enhance the power wheeling capacity of the transmission lines, thereby enabling PHED to provide better services to its customers.’’

The public affairs manager said that the current shortage of electricity supply witnessed in the state was due to insufficient megawatts the company received from the national grid.

He noted that the state presently received between 150 and 164 megawatts as against the 694 megawatts needed for the city.

According to him, the shortage of megawatts forced the company to embark on load-shedding to ensure the limited supply goes round.

Onyi, therefore, appealed to customers to exercise patience, stressing that efforts were being made to improve electricity supply to the state.

-  NAN

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