No fewer than 96 high tension poles belonging to Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) were last Monday destroyed by heavy wind following a fierce downpour that occurred in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Also destroyed along with the high tension poles are other associated materials, such as 150mm aluminum conductors spanning over 32,000 metres, several cross arms, among others.
LEADERSHIP gathered that a total of five 33KV and four 11KV feeders, including Borikiri 33KV, Rainbow 33KV, Choba 33KV, Rumuolumeni 33KV, and UST (Mile 3) 33KV as well as Rumuomoi, Federal, Wokoma and Water Lines 11KV feeders were affected.
Reacting to the natural disaster that culminated to the loss of supply to the affected areas, the chief executive officer, PHED, Jay McCoskey, appealed to the residents to exercise patience, while the damaged poles are being replaced.
McCoskey assured customers that the management would do everything possible to ensure early restoration of power supply despite thousands of naira it would cost PHED to do so.
He said, “It is regrettable that PHED is facing such a loss at this moment, due to natural disaster but I can guarantee that supply will be restored to the affected areas, because we have started sourcing for the materials to replace the damaged poles and other accessories.”