RIGHT OF WAY
WHAT IS RIGHT OF WAY (ROW)?
ROW refers to the corridor or pathway an electric line follows, whether it’s along the road, through settlements or woods. ROW provides utility crews with access to lines for improvements, maintenance and repairs. It also provides an operational safety zone between the electric lines and trees, buildings, etc.
A clear ROW minimizes outages that could have kept customers out for a long time, improves power quality for the consumption of many while reliability of supply and safety of our esteem customers are guaranteed.
Without a clear ROW, structures, tree limbs and branches that extend into power lines pose a significant risk to public safety even during mild weather. Anyone climbing a tree with limbs and branches that may be intertwined with power lines can come into contact with the wires and be seriously injured
NIGERIAN ELECTRICITY MANAGEMENT SERVICES AGENCY (NEMSA) directive dated 26th April 2017 (Ref: NEMSA/MD/DISCO/0006/Vol.3/264) empowers JED Plc to carry out the disconnection of this and other concerned properties from electricity supply and request customers to vacate our Right of Way with immediate effect.
Also we can clear this by cutting and trimming trees. In most cases, all shrubs, brush and trees are removed under primary (main), overhead power lines. They are also removed, as and around secondary, low-voltage power lines that bring power from the transformer to your meter. Cutting and trimming are done by trained, professional utility tree trimmers using specific and proven standards typical to the industry.
NIGERIAN ELECTRICITY SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION STANDARD REGULATIONS 2015 V.01
BREACH OF RIGHT-OF-WAY: WHAT THE LAW SAYS!
Clause 220.127.116.11; Page 139 of the NESI
Prohibition of Erecting Buildings under Overhead Distribution Lines
No building or other structure shall be erected under or adjacent to an electric line without adhering to the provisions of these Regulations.
DISCONNECTION IN UNSAFE SITUATIONS
Clause 5.4.9; Page 144 of the NESI
“…The licensee after making such examination as the circumstances permit have reasonable ground for supposing that a leakage likely to cause fire hazard or endanger life …or that the said installation fails to fulfill any requirements of Regulations 5.4.6 to 5.4.9 inclusive… in the interest of public safety or in order to avoid undue interference with the efficient supply of energy to other customer, they may …discontinue the supply of energy to the customers installation and shall give immediate notice in writing of the discontinuance to the customer, specifying the matter complained of.”
APPROVED DISTANCE AS STATED BY NESI
|ROW in Meters|
|NB: “The Right of Way measurement shall be divided equally from the center of the line on either side. For safety reasons, no structures shall be built under the overhead line Right of Way. Where such structures are built after the construction of the lines, the licensee shall not be liable for any mishap caused by contact with the line.”|
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MAJOR CAUSES OF ELECTRICAL ACCIDENTS
- Coming in contact with Snapped Conductors
- Climbing trees under a power line
- Location of structures under a power line
- Vandalism, unauthorized work or playing near electricity equipment
HEALTH RISKS AND POWER LINES
According to research and publications put out by the World Health Organization (WHO), Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF) such as those from power lines, can cause:
- Irritation and/or burning skin
- Muscle pain
BREACH OF RIGHT-OF-WAY: PHYSICAL VIOLATIONS!