Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has announced the attainment of a wheeling capacity of 7,124 Mega Watts (MW) transmission capacity of electricity to the Distribution Companies and plans to expand its transmission lines through its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme in line with its 20 Year Transmission Expansion Plan.
In the communiqué issued in Abuja on Monday at the end of the 24th monthly meeting of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola with operators of the Power Sector, TCN reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to improve electricity service delivery through development of policy initiatives like the N701 billion Payment Assurance Guarantee to generating companies.
Other policies of government designed to improve services in the sector include the eligible customer regulations, metering regulations and distribution expansion plan to distribute the approximately 2000MW of generation capacity currently unutilised.
It said Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader (NBET) noted that Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved valuation of approximately N27 billion Ministries, Departments; Agencies (MDAs) debts owed Distribution Companies (DISCOS) by MDAs.
It said the debts would be deducted from the current debts owed by the DISCOS to NBET.
It added that NBET had applied to the appropriate agencies of federal government to pay an equivalent sum to the Generating Companies (GenCos.)
It said Niger Delta Power Holding Company of Nigeria (NDPHC) announced that Egbema and Okija communities were now connected to the national grid.
It added also that the connection equipment had been handed over to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC).
It noted that significant progress was reported on Nnewi – Ihiala line, Ikot Ekpene -Afam and Daura- Kazaure lines .
According to the communiqué, NDPHC also noted that the committee to review abandoned distribution projects across the country has been constituted and should complete work by the end of the first quarter of 2018.
It said the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) reported on the performance of the sector in 2017.
“NERC noted an improvement by DisCos in complaint resolution, metering and energy delivered in 2017, as compared to 2016.
“Eko DisCo was listed as the overall best performing DisCo,” it reported.
According to the communiqué, TCN further reported an improved performance in 2017 compared to 2016, with a higher peak transmission of 5,222MW in 2017 against 5,075MW in 2016.
It revealed that fewer system collapses and shorter interruption disruptions were recorded in 2017 compared to 2016.
It further announced that Olorunsogo I, Calabar NIPP and Omotosho I were jointly identified as the best performing gas plants in 2017 due to improved availability, while Jebba was the best performing Hydro plant.
NEW 1×100 MVA FOR KATAMPE SUBSTATION, FCT ELECTRICITY
In a similar development, the TCN has inaugurated a new 1x100Mega Volt Ampere (MVA) power transformer at the Katampe transmission substation to increase electricity supply to consumers in the FCT.
The Managing Director of TCN, Mr Usman Gur Mohammed, said the new transformer will enable the transfer of additional bulk electricity to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).
Mohammed said this at the inauguration of the 1x100MVA power transformer at the Katampe substation in Abuja on Monday.
The Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said during the inauguration of the100MVA at Katampe that it would increase the total transmission capacity of TCN, which stood at above 7,000MW in Dec 2017.
Fashola, represented by the Minister of state Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Zarrna, said some communities in the FCT were expected to experience remarkable improvement in power supply.
He listed the communities to include Gwarinpa, Life Camp, Jabi, Kado, Wuye, Maitama, Mpape. Others are Katempe, 1 and 11, Jahi, Mabushi,Garki, Gudu,Guzape,Asokoro, and Apo resettlement.
Fashola also said Wumba, Apo mechanic village and some parts of Lugbe and communities within the Airport road would also experience increase in power supply.
Mohammed said the new transformer in Katampe would increase the station’s transmission capacity from 120MVA to 220MVA.
“This 100MVA is a transformer that was actually supposed to be replaced, but given the significant challenge we had in Abuja last year, that is the reason we changed from replacement to adding a new transformer.
“It means that, if one transformer fails the society will not feel it in terms of supply and Abuja DISCO will not lose electricity because one of the transformers failed.
“With this development, TCN has satisfied the redundancy requirement, in line with N-1 reliability criterion, at Katampe substation,” Mohammed explained.
Mohammed also revealed that TCN had also installed a 1X100MVA at the Apo substations. This, he said, had culminated in a total of 290MW capacity for the Apo substation.
“So any transformer that has challenge will not affect supply at Apo, and this is what we are doing all over the country through the TCN transmission, rehabilitation and expansion programme,” said Mohammed.
According to him, similar upgrades have taken place in Keffi, Suleja and other substations across the country. He said the upgrade was being financed by the World Bank.
He said the new TCN management would continue to work hard to support government policy on incremental power, adding that it would commission more transformers in the next three months.
He also said TCN had recently procured high capacity conductors to recover at least additional 2,000 transmission capacity. He added that TCN’s in-house engineers would carry out the re- conducting of the transmission lines.
Source: WorldStage News