Chris Ochayi – Abuja
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, announced that, in collaboration with Aquivis Technologies Limited, it has successfully implemented an intelligent fault circuit locator for high voltage overhead lines in Nigeria.
This smart grid interruption management solution deployed for Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, according to a statement released by the company, is the first of its kind in Nigeria and is a pilot for AEDC.
It read: “The solution, which has been implemented in countries such as the United States of America, Canada, the United Kingdom and Scotland, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa, to tackle head-on the long time it takes to repair faulty high-voltage circuits and interruptions prolonged, such as 11KV and 33KV overhead feeders.
Industry players argue that the solution could not have come at a better time than now in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, NESI, when customers are increasingly concerned about service provision in the sector, especially in the feeder / grid management area where power outages cause the loss of power supply to numerous customers in different categories, including homes, offices, medical and educational facilities that are just beginning to recover from the debilitating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic .
Aquivis and AEDC revealed that AEDC has continued to show a strong commitment to strengthening its distribution network and improving its services to customers.
“Aquivis’ commitment to deploy the high-voltage fault cleanup solution is part of AEDC’s initiative to reduce its commercial and collection commercial losses (ATC & C), as well as improve the reliability of the overhead feeder network 11kV and 33kV, as well as customer satisfaction. “
“The statement further revealed that AEDC’s deployment of the solution is part of its network strengthening program. The deployment of the real-time air fault detection monitoring solution has improved the visibility, reliability, and operational efficiency of the network at AEDC. ”
Managing Director / CEO of AEDC, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya confirmed that the successful implementation of Aquivis Technologies Limited’s intelligent air fault detection monitoring solution has enabled AEDC to address the operational challenges of relentless tripping, fault detection, and prolonged interruptions in power supply infrastructures. 11KV and 33KV where it was implemented in the company network.
Speaking further, Engr. Mupwaya revealed that the detection solution would substantially reduce the time required to repair faulty lines and reduce operating expenses; improve network reliability and operational efficiency; Provide a safer working environment for line personnel and ultimately better customer satisfaction.
With the completion of the first phase of the project, AEDC would be extending this deployment to other parts of its network to achieve a higher level of distribution automation. This will generate clear network visibility and a platform to improve operational efficiency and service to esteemed AEDC clients.
For his part, the Managing Director / CEO of Aquivis, Mr. Jimi Kolawole, revealed that “our Smart Grid Management solutions address the technical and commercial challenges that currently affect the distribution link of the Nigerian energy sector, as well as create a machine ubiquitous, dedicated and highly reliable – machine communication network where all our solutions can take advantage “.
Mr. Kolawole said, “I was looking for a real-time monitoring solution with two-way communication that would not only improve the company’s ability to remotely monitor, but also the ability to perform remote interventions. Together with our partner, Trilliant UK, we reviewed We carefully selected your requirements and selected our award-winning communication platform, the secure Mesh AMI wireless platform to achieve the goal of two-way machine-to-machine communication. ”
In addition, he revealed that with this solution, AEDC will identify and resolve faults quickly and easily, resulting in more efficient operation and safer conditions for line equipment; Monitor feeder status in near real time, avoid unscheduled downtime and security risk.
The solution according to him, also increases the uptime of the meter; improves reporting to regulators; Capture and analyze critical distribution data to further improve reliability and efficiency, and faster integration of other smart grid solutions (such as AMI smart metering) at the back of the established communication network. Our award-winning communication platform remains the best choice for Smart Metering (AMI), Smart Grid, and Smart Cities.
Aquivis Limited is a leading provider of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) services with a wide range of measurement solutions and smart grids. The solution will eventually be integrated as a distribution management system called SCADA.