Notwithstanding the leadership crisis currently rocking the soul of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, the company has earmarked 11 outstanding critical projects for completion in the 2017 fiscal year.
The embattled Managing Director and Chief Executive officer of TCN, Engr. Abubakar Atiku said the management was working hard to ensure the completion of the outstanding critical projects, which were funded in 2016 budget and hopefully to be funded in 2017.
Those targeted for completion, according to him, include the rehabilitation of Afam1 x 150MVA, 330/132/33kV transformer and construction of Afam IV to Afam I, 132kV transmission line currently at 95 percent completion. He said the Katsina – Daura 132kV line and 2x60MVA Subtation at Daura which has attained 90 percent completion would also be completed as well as the Kafanchan 2x60MVA Substation project, presently at 92 percent completion. Mobile substation Others include, 1 x ‘ 150MVA, 330/132kV a 2x60MVA, 132/33kV Substation m Maiduguri – 85 percent completed, Osogbo – Ede 132kV DC Transmission line at 95 percent completed and Kaduna – Jos 330kV DC transmission line at 75 percent completed.
Others include, the Benin North – Osogbo 330kV DC transmission line which has reached 48 percent completion, Erukan – Omotosho 330kV DC transmission line at 24% and 1 x150MVA, 330/132kV and 60MVA, 132/33kV Substation at Damaturu at 92 percent. Atiku said the 40MVA Mobile Substation at Damboa in Borno State is now at 45 percent completion and the 40MVA Mobile Substation at Mayo Belwa in Adamawa State is 90 percent. He stated: ‘‘That the completion of the above reinforcement and new projects is expected to increase our wheeling capacity from 6,500MW to 7,200MW by the end of 201 7.’’
On achievements recorded by TCN, Engr. Atiku said, “As part of our strategy to improve the wheeling of reliable power to all parts of our great country, we have upgraded several transmission substations in the country. “These include the Ikorodu Substation, where we had 30MYA transformer capacity this has been improved to 280MW. “We have increased transformer capacity in Sokoto and Birinin Kebbi from 30MYA to 60MVA and 180 to 330MYA respectively. Meanwhile, we are also working to restore power supply to some parts of the North East that have remained without electricity supply due to insurgency. “In Damboa for instance, we have moved in a 40MVA mobile substation to ensure dectricity supply gets to the area.
“A major loop in the center of the grid was formed by the completion of the new 330kY transmission line from Enugu – Markudi -Jos. This loop is a merger of system of grid stability “We have also completed a major reinforcement work in Akangba Substation, Lagos State, resulting in transformer capacity improvement in the station, from 480MW to 1,260MW. “The completion Ikot Ekpene Switching Station which is a major hub that links power stations in the South South and South East axis of the country is a major achievement and quite strategic making the grid to be more robust and enhancing grid reliability.
“We have introduced dispatching tools which have resulted in a more efficient interface with Gencos on one hand and Discos on the other hand and have also succeeded in reducing Transmission Loss Factor (TLF) from 8.05% last year to 7.82% as at January 2017. “This improvement in transmission loss translates to more power to the Discos for the people and about 5billion naira additional revenue to TCN, however due to poor market performance; the impact of these is yet to be felt in terms of financial returns to TCN.”
“Several capacity building programmes have been executed for our system operators to upgrade their skills. This has culminated in the improvement of grid stability despite external challenges. On the prudent management of the company’s resources, the MD explained, “Also under our watch, TCN in compliance with World Best Practice and Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria, is for the 1st time being audited by a reputable external audit firm (Pricewater & Cooper). “The audit report on TCNs performance from 2005 to 2014 would be ready before the end of February.”