19th June, 2018
The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) has blamed the persisting blackout in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers on ruptured of gas-bearing pipelines to power stations in the states.
Manager of Corporate Communications of the company, Mr John Onyi, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Port Harcourt.
He, however, assured that the company was taking steps to quickly restore electricity to customers in the states.
Onyi also added that “the current poor power supply being experienced since June 15 is partly caused by technical issues on wells belonging to Shell Oil Company.
“The power supply challenge, according to Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), occurred on June 15 and has resulted to massive load-shedding in the South-South region and Nigeria as a whole.
“PHED has been assured that the situation is not completely out of control as top management and technical crew of TCN have already started finding solution to getting it fixed.”
Onyi said that the company would ensure that electricity received from the national grid, based on the current power situation, would be evenly distributed and aligned to systematic load-shedding.
He appealed to customers to bear with the company for the inconveniences the outage may cause during the period repair of the pipeline would last.