The Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Mohammed, said it was seeking a $200 million loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to boost electricity in the northeast, The Guardian reports.
He disclosed this during the commissioning of a 40MVA mobile transformer in Zaria, Kaduna State. Mohammed explained that the expansion became necessary due to a relapse in energy supply, as well as the need to boost economic activities in the region. He attributed restiveness and poverty in the northeast to the absence of or little power supply.
He explained that some places in the region were over a 1000 kilometers distance from the nearest generation station, adding that such areas were being served on a low voltage distribution line, like 33 KV or 11 KV. According to him, the Northeast Transmission Expansion Project was created to address the challenges in the region, which has only two functional 330 KV substations.
Source: Energy Mix Report