Abuja Electricity Distribution Company
Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) is one of the 11 power distribution companies that were successfully privatised and handed over to new investors on November 1, 2013.
KANN Utility Limited, which derives its name from the states that it will serve in its operations namely Kogi, Abuja, Niger and Nasarrawa, owns 60 per cent equity in AEDC.
KANN is a Nigerian registered company formed in 2012 and is jointly owned by XerXes Global Investments Limited and CEC Africa Investments Limited, a company wholly owned by Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc of Zambia.
KANN was formed to participate in the development of the Nigerian power sector and has a vision to expand its footprint in the West Africa Power sector.
AEDC has a franchise for the distribution and sale of electricity, across an area of 133,000 square kilometres in the Federal Capital Territory, Niger State, Kogi State and Nassarawa State. The company was established in 1997 and ranked fourth among the eleven Nigerian distribution companies for electricity purchased and distributed.
Within its franchise area, AEDC is also responsible for owning and maintaining the distribution network and supporting equipment. In addition AEDC is required to manage meter installations, carrying out servicing and billing, co-ordinating consumer credit and revenue collection.
Headed by Mr. Neil Croucher as the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company is organised into 26 geographic business units and two undertakingsThese include Wuse Business Unit; Garki Business Unit; Apo Business Unit; Asokoro Business Unit; Bida Business Unit; Bosso Business Unit; Bwari Business Unit; Gwagwalada Business Unit; Idah Business Unit; Jabi Bussiness Unit; Karu Business Unit; Katampe Business Unit and Keffi Business Unit.
Others include Kontagora Business Unit; Kubwa
Business Unit; Kuje Business Unit; Lafia Business Unit; Life camp Business Unit; Lokoja Business Unit; Lugbe Business Unit; Maitama Business Unit; Mararaba Business Unit; Minna Business Unit; Okene Business Unit; and Suleja Business Unit.
The rest are Gwarinpa Business Unit; Kabba Undertaking; and Akwanga Undertaking.
AEDC is said to be cognisant of the requirement to maintain power quality in line with prevailing Nigerian regulations as set by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in their Customer Service Standards of Performance, together with Internationally accepted standards (IEC 60050: Generation, Transmission and Distribution of Electricity).
It is for this reason that the company has placed, as a priority, plans to improve power supply and technical efficiency through investment in the network to reduce electrical losses.
The company and its shareholders have expressed committments to see that privatisation of the power sector achieves the intended objective.
AEDC has also pledged to play its part through making investments in the power infrastructure and improving business processes for delivery of power to its customers.
The company’s key business focus from the onset is to employ strategies and direct its investments towards activities that are aimed at improving operational efficiency, customer service improvement, human resource development, improvements in safety, health and environment practices and processes.
Further the company has also noted the fact that its operations has an impact on the communities in which it operates and has pledged to contribute to the well-being of these communities through its corporate social responsibility programmes.
AEDC said it was confident that over the next few years the investments that it would make in its operations would go a long way in making a difference in the Nigerian power sector.