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KEDCO Moves To Resolve Power Disruption In Kano After TCN Disconnection

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KEDCO Moves To Resolve Power Disruption In Kano After TCN Disconnection
The Kano Electricity Distribution Company, KEDCO,...

The Kano Electricity Distribution Company, KEDCO, is taking serious measures to restore power in parts of the commercial city of Kano after power severance by the Market Operator, a arm of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, (TCN) Confirming the situation with the LEADERSHIP, head Corporate Communications, Kano DisCo, Sani Bala Sani, said the KEDCO is among other DisCos served with a disconnection order where 3 of its feeders were disconnected namely: CBN, Flour Mills and Club by Market Operator due to non-compliance with the provision of market rules

However, Sani, told our Correspondent, that the company is currently working with Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and other relevant stakeholders to resolve the problem soonest

While we apologize for the inconvenience, we assure you of our continuous commitment to providing a reliable power supply

Meanwhile, general manager Public Affairs of TCN, Ndidi Mbah in a statement stressed that the Market Operator is mindful of the need to ensure the continued sustenance of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI), which requires strict adherence to Market Rules and the application of sanctions where necessary

According to Mbah, “Recently the Market Operator suspended APLE Electric Limited, Kano and Kaduna Electricity Distribution Companies for breach of the Market Rules, which governs and sanitizes the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry

” She maintained that due diligence was observed by the Market Operator before issuing the suspension/disconnection order which is in accordance with procedures of the rules guiding the market

This is to ensure the preservation of the Market and that non-compliant Participants are held accountable for their actions, she said

She said, “The APL Electric Limited was found to be in non-compliance with the Market Rules for not having adequate Bank Guaranty and for incomplete payments of APLE’s Market Operator’s invoices for September 2022 to February 2023

“As per the Market Rules, the Market Operator first sent a request for a Bank Guarantee to APLE on the 29th of November 2022

However, the company failed to provide the required Bank guarantee

Consequently, a Notice of Event of Default was issued to APLE on 7th of December 2022, for incomplete payment of issued invoices

” Mbah, continued, “Following the Notice of Event of Default, a Notice of Intent to Issue a Suspension Order was issued on 14th December 2022

Based on the Market Rules APLE requested for a Hearing which was held online on the 20th of December 2022, where APLE was given an opportunity to show just cause why it should not be issued a Suspended/Disconnected Order

“After the hearing, a 14-business day notice was issued on the 21st of March, 2023 in three (3) national daily newspapers (Daily Trust, Guardian & Thisday newspapers), as required by the Market Rules

Thereafter, a Suspension Order was issued on the 19th of April, 2023 which required APLE to cure its Defaults

” She said that the Disconnection Order was carried out on the 20th of April, in line with the Market Rules

This order resulted in the disconnection of the Feeders within the APLE franchise area until such a time that they provide the required bank guarantee and settle their outstanding invoices with the Market Operator

She also said, the KADUNA and KANO Electricity Distribution Companies were equally found to be in non-compliance with the Market Rules for not having adequate Bank Guarantees and for incomplete payments of their Market Operator’s invoices for the time-line January 2020 to February 2023

Both companies were sent a request for their Bank Guarantees in line with the Market Rules, on the 16th of February 2022 and they failed to provide the required Bank Guarantees

Consequently, a Notice of Event of Default was issued on 2nd of March 2022, for incomplete payment of invoices

“This was followed by a Notice of Intent to Issue a Suspension Order, issued on 9 May 2022

Both DisCos requested for Hearing which were held on 31st May 2022 (KEDCO) and 2 June 2022 (KAEDCO), where both DisCos were given an opportunity to show just cause not to be suspended/disconnected

“After the hearing, a 14-business day notice was issued on the 21st of March, 2023 in three national daily newspapers (Daily Trust, Guardian & Thisday newspapers), as required by the Market Rules

Thereafter, a Suspension Order was issued on the 20th of April 2023, which required KAEDCO and KEDCO to cure their Defaults,” she added

The Disconnection Order was then carried out on the 26th of April, 2023 in line with the Market Rules

This order resulted in the disconnection of the major Feeders within the franchise areas of both KAEDCO and KEDCO, until such a time that they provide the required bank guarantees and settle their outstanding invoices with the Market Operator

, Mbah said

She said the Market Rules provide clear and concise procedures for enforcing compliance with its provisions, and in these cases, the Market Operator acted in accordance with procedures to ensure that non-compliant Participants are held accountable for their actions

She said the Market Rules provide clear and concise procedures for enforcing compliance with its provisions, and in these cases, the Market Operator acted in accordance with procedures to ensure that non-compliant Participants are held accountable for their actions

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