Transmission Company plans toward power sustainability

Golfa Francis, Abuja


The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, is working towards taking the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry to sustainability.

The company has concluded the 20-year Least Cost Transmission Expansion Plan through the support of the World Bank.

It also established the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Program so as to rehabilitate, stabilize and provide redundancy consistent in line with international best practice.

 The plan also aimed at expanding the willing capacity of TCN to 20 thousand MW in four years.

According to the Managing Director of TCN, Usman Gur Muhammad, the company had employed different strategies in its expansion drive to achieve this mandate.

Different Strategies
Such strategies included the use of in-house capacity to install transformers and equipment across the country

He said the company had completed previously slow and non-performing contracts which resulted in the installation of sixty-seven transformers across Nigeria, contributing to capacity increase from 5,000MW in February 2017 to 8,100MW till date.

Mr Gur explained that TCN had recovered seven hundred and seventy seven containers out of eight hundred containers with power equipment stranded in the port, which were utilized in executing some of the projects.

It could be recalled that TCN in 2017 under the leadership of the MD/CEO, established the transmission rehabilitation and expansion program with the development objective of providing necessary flexibility and redundancies and expand the wheeling capacity to 20,000MW by 2022 in Nigeria.

Transmission Wheeling Capacity
Mr Mohammed therefore assured Nigerians that transmission wheeling capacity will reach 10,000 megawatts by July 2020.

He disclosed that the conductors to be used for the line re-conducting have arrived Nigeria for upgrading major lines in Lagos, Onitsha, Kaduna and many other areas which would raise the grid capacity to evacuate the 10,000MW power.

The TCN boss added that the ability could be more than the projection due to other transmission lines project being delivered, including the Jos to Kaduna line which was about 98 percent completed.


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