MEMMCOL, Disco partner on substation enhancement

To enhance quality electricity distribution service delivery to consumers, Ikeja Electric (IE) is partnering Momas Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company Limited (MEMMCOL), an indigenous meter manufacturing company, on substation enhancement.

Speaking during the handover of the Onipanu 500KVA distribution substation, the pilot scheme of the project in Lagos, IE Chief Technical Coordinator Sunday Oyewole commended MEMMCOL management for the innovation, which would transform and enhance service delivery.

Oyewole noted that as the number one electricity distribution firm in Nigeria, IE is concerned about the quality of electricity supplied to its esteemed customers.

He commended the management of MEMMCOL for the innovation, which he acknowledged, would ensure greater efficiency.

“At Ikeja Electric (IE), we would continue to push the limits in terms of managing our distribution network, we would look into the findings of your report on this project with a view to collaborate with you to bring this kind of enhancement to all our over 16,000 substations,” he said.

MEMMCOL Chairman Kola Balogun explained that the substation enhancement project was conceptualised to push for migration of substations from the old-fashioned fuse-based to a more intelligent and efficient breaker-driven substation installed with surveillance in line with global trends.

Balogun further stressed that the enhanced substation is an intelligent substation, which would help to protect and optimise electricity transformers creating efficiency and ensuring load balance and control hitherto not achievable with the fuse-based substation.

“Beyond load balance which ensures efficiency, the breaker-driven substation is equipped with a reactive compensation capability to compensate for any anomaly that can happen in the substation. In other words, the new enhanced substation would further position Ikeja Electric as a world-class distribution company (DisCo) to better serve all connected customers,” he said.

He said the infusion of surveillance into the project would  show responsibility on IE’s part by monitoring and capturing everything that happens within the substation and the installed environment, thereby providing security not only for the substation but also for the community.

He added that the data from the surveillance could be used to ascertain any case of trespass or any other incident for purpose of review rather than assumptions or argument.

According to Balogun, incorporating surveillance into the design for the enhanced substation is a smart two-way value proposition, as the substation would protect the surveillance system while the latter would protect the substation.

He advised that the strategy  be adopted in providing surveillance for the critical assets, and highways across the country.

Balogun stated that the fuse-based distribution substation allows for energy wastage and that the enhancement would save the DisCo a minimum of N3million  by reducing leakages and improving efficiency and stabilities required at the electricity downstream value chain.

Unfolding the features of the newly enhanced substation, Balogun said the substation has a proprietary power enhancement panel, cable termination and jointing using pfisterer lugs and connector, and Up riser of 415 cable clearing and neatning, standard earthing and beautification of the substation and the installation of surveillance with solar panel.

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