A mechanism known as Dead Bus Closure, which will allow Ibom power plant evacuate power within Akwa Ibom State independent of the national gird, has been installed in the 115megawatts capacity unit 3 of Ibom power.

The Deputy Managing Director of Ibom Power, Engr. Nelson Usiere who disclosed this said, “with the installation of the Dead Bus Closure, Ibom power plant can recluse and continue to evacuate power to Akwa Ibom State even when the National grid collapses”.

He said the Management of Ibom power put this measure in place to mitigate threats to the plant’s lifespan due to the incessant grid collapses, which also inhibits the plant’s optimal performance.

“Before the installation of the Dead Bus Closure, whenever the national grid collapses, Ibom power plant runs on Full Speed No Load (FSPNL). FNSL means that the plant is running but there is no output, eventually we will shut down especially if it takes too long for the national grid to be restored” he said.

The DMD stated further, “The installation of a Dead Bus Closure extends the lifespan of the power plant because it reduces the number of starts the plant undergoes”.

Engr. Usiere however, called on Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) to improve the distribution network across the State. He said, “there is sufficient power generation in the State but the benefits will be more felt if the distribution infrastructures across the State are in good condition”.

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Michael Dada is the media/publicity officer at Ibom Power Company Limited. He is a graduate of Journalism from Lagos State University School of Communication. He did internship at The Nation newspaper and Voice of Nigeria. He has a Digital Marketing Master Class certificate from Wild Fusion Digital and a certificate in WordPress web design from Spring Light Technology. He holds a Competence in Writing and Speaking certificate from the School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University. He has a post-graduate certificate in Advanced Writing and Reporting Skills from the School of Media and Communication. He is an associate of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations and an alumnus of Pan Atlantic University.

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