Nigeria Transmits 5,156mw Electricity, Highest Ever – Official

The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, on Thursday
disclosed that it recorded new national peak electricity transmission
capacity of 5,155.9 Mega Watt, MW, on December 8.

The Interim Managing Director of TCN, Usman Gur-Mohammed, made the disclosure at an interaction with journalists in Abuja.

Mr. Gur-Mohammed said the new record exceeded previous national peak record of 5,074.70 recorded on February 2.

He said the nation’s average peak load capacity at the beginning of the year was about 4,000 MW.

He added that the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme
(TREP) which sought to decentralise significant aspects of project
implementation to regions was designed to further increase the national
peak transmission capacity.

He said TREP had attracted financing for several projects from donor
agencies, adding that the completion of the projects would result in
expansion of the grid transmission capacity to at least 20,000MW in four
years time.

He also revealed that TCN engineers had been involved in installation of transformers at substations in the country.

The TCN interim boss explained that installations were accomplished
at less than 10 per cent of the cost hitherto paid to contractors over
the years.

According to him, the company successfully installed 10 transformers
in Bauchi, Funtua, Ejigbo, Ajah, Gombe, Aba, Umuahia, Auchi, Damboa and
Zaria, saying that installations by TCN engineers saved several millions
of Naira.

He also revealed that TCN had resolved several challenging and slow implementing contracts within the year.

The contracts, according to him, include the Kukwaba subsation,
Katsina-Daura line, Yawuri-Kafanchan, Mbalano-Ohafia-Umuahia,
Nnewi-Onitsha and Maiduguri substations.

He said the completion of some ongoing projects would add about
1,000MW transmission capacity to the grid before January 31, 2018.

Mr. Gur-Mohammed also said that within the year, TCN entered into
collaboration with several partners to reposition the company for better
service delivery.

According to him, some of the collaborations include the Agip and
NNPC joint venture in respect of towers 94 and 98 on Okpai-Onitisha DC

He noted that TCN was also collaborating with government of Japan on
development of capacitor banks in Apo and Keffi substations and
rehabilitation of Apapa, Akangba, and Isolo substations.

He said discussions were ongoing with Japan Government to rehabilitate Ikeja West and Ota substations.

He added that the European Union (EU) had also pledged to provide 25
million Euros grant to support TCN on solar Independent Power Plant
(IPP) evaluation.


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