Energy

Electricity Supply To Improve As TCN Takes Delivery Of 15 New Power Transformers

Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) General Manager, Pubic Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah has announced the receipt of 15 new power transformers to increase power supply in the country.

Mrs. Mbah, who announced this in a statement in Abuja, on Sunday, said the transformers comprised ten 60 MegaVolt Ampere (MVA) 132/33KV and five150MVA 330/132KV capacity transformers.

The transformers, which were retrieved from the Apapa Ports, were delivered to the TCN Central Store in Ojo, Lagos State, for onward delivery to various TCN sites nationwide.

The acting Managing Director of the TCN, Sule Abdulaziz, said that the contract for the supply of the transformers, under the Nigerian Electricity Transmission Project (NETAP), was funded by the World Bank.

Mr. Abdulaziz said that TCN would decide on the project sites the transformers would be installed.

He said that once installed and connected to the grid, the ten 60MVA 132/3KkV power transformers and the five 50MVA 330/132KV transformers would add 637 Mega Watts (MW) and 850MW respectively to the transmission network.

“Consequently increasing the total capacity of the transmission system by 1,487MW while ensuring N-1 reliability criteria in the sub-stations, which is strategic in enhancing grid stability.”

Mr. Abdulaziz explained that in August 2021, the World Bank also funded transformer supply contracts which brought in 10 60MVA132/33kV transformers and 25 earthing transformers.

“Out of the ten 60MVA transformers, five were installed in Karu and Gombe sub-stations, while one each were being installed in Kano and Lagos States.

“This is the first time in the history of TCN that it took delivery of large numbers of transformers within a short period.

”These are milestone achievements for TCN, as it strives to implement its short-term development plan under the Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion, and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP).

“The World Bank-sponsored NETAP project is one of the TCN donor-funded projects aimed at expanding the transmission grid while also prioritising maintenance of the existing transmission infrastructures,” he said.

The acting Managing Director added that TCN was equally executing several projects funded by the Agence Français de Développement (AFD), the French development agency.

He also said that the processes for projects, funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), was progressing very fast, such that TCN would soon sign contracts for 330KV & 132KV substations.

Mr. Abdulaziz added that the procurement of consultants for projects funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), would soon commence.