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BEDC says grid highly unstable, signs MoU with IPPs, mini-grid providers

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The Benin Electricity Distribution Company Plc has described the nation’s power grid as highly unstable, with over 2,000 outages and interruptions recorded in its network coverage area of Delta, Edo, Ekiti and Ondo states between January and July.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, BEDC, Mrs Funke Osibodu, disclosed this during a media briefing in Benin, Edo State, according to a statement from the power distribution firm. Osibodu, however, said that notwithstanding the supply interruptions, the firm was able to record several improvement initiatives that impacted positively on power availability to customers in all the four states within its franchise area.

Osibodu said the BEDC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with various potential suppliers for a total of 120 megawatts of power to Edo and Delta states, while discussions were at an advanced stage for another 50MW in Delta. She said the firm had also started engaging various parties on mini-grid initiatives for the underserved and unserved communities across its franchise states and will be signing agreements with some of them soon.

Source: The Punch

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