BY AKAMANU JENNIFER
The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company has blamed the current power outage affecting its network on the rainstorm that occurred on Monday.
The PHEDC spokesman, Mr John Onyi, said in Yenagoa that the rainstorm destroyed the company`s facilities.
Onyi stated that the strong wind shattered some 96 high tension poles during the storm that occurred in Port Harcourt on Monday evening.
He said, “The rainstorm damaged poles with other associated materials, such as 150 mm aluminum conductors spanning over 32,000 metres, several cross arms, among others, including throwing a cross section of Port Harcourt metropolis into darkness.
“In the wake of the loss, five 33kv and four 11kv feeders namely; Borikiri 33kv, Rainbow 33kv, Choba 33kv, Rumuolumeni 33kv and UST 33kv were affected.
“Others areas were Rumuomoi, Federal, Wokoma and Water Lines.”
He said the company`s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Jay McCoskey, had appealed to customers to exercise patience, while the damaged poles were being replaced.
He assured customers that the management would do everything possible to ensure early restoration of power supply despite the huge sums of money it would cost to fix.
“It is regrettable that the company is facing such a huge loss at the moment, due to natural disaster.
“But I can guarantee that supply will be restored to the affected areas in a short while, because we have started sourcing for the materials to replace the damaged poles and other accessories,’’ Onyi added.