By Peter Inalegwu
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has completed a 30/40MVA 132/33kV transmission substation project in Wudil, Kano State.
A statement released by General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, states that in addition, a 60MVA 132/33kV power transformer has also been completed in Akure, Ondo State. According to the release the transformer and substation project would be officially commissioned by the Honourable Minister of Power Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN at a later date.
Meanwhile, the transformers have been energized and are serving the communities where they are located. The projects are an addition to the twenty seven power transformers completed across the country mainly by TCN in-house engineers. The contract for construction of Wudil 30/40MVA 330/33kV Transmission Substation was awarded in 2009 but the contractor failed persistently to complete the contract for nine years.
Consequently, TCN took over the project within the 1 st week of July, 2018, in line with its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme (TREP) aimed at strengthening the grid for improved power supply. The project was successfully completed within three weeks by TCN’s in-house engineers and energized in July 31st , 2018.
The Wudil Transmission Substation project has increased the quantum of bulk electricity supply to Kano Electricity Distribution Company for onward delivery to electricity customers in Gaya Town, Taraki Garko, Wudil Town and Mariri among others. These towns who are customers of
Kano Electricity Distribution Company are expected to enjoy increased hours of power supply.
On the other hand, the installation of the new 1X60MVA 132/33kV power transformer and 2No 33kV feeder bays in Akure Transmission Substation, funded by the World Bank that commenced in February 2017, was completed and also energized in July, 2018. The new 60MVA power transformer increased the capacity of Akure Transmission Substation from 120MVA to 180MVA.
In view of the foregoing, there is increased power supply to Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company load centers that take supply from the substation, meanwhile, TCN has made available more electricity supply at the Akure Substation for Ibadan DisCo to take directly to its customers in Akure Metropolis and its environs, including Igbara Oke, Oba Ile and Iju where suppressed load will be relieved.
The statement further noted that although the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) is still facing liquidity problem, the only way that TCN’s Rehabilitation and Expansion programme can give maximum benefit to the nation, is if a commensurate investment is done on the various
distribution networks nationwide. Presently, inadequacies in the distribution networks are limiting the amount of power delivered to end-users on daily basis. This calls for significant investments in the distribution network.
The Wudil and Akure transformers bring to 29, the number of transformers installed by TCN from February 2017 to-date. The company reiterated its willingness to work assiduously with other sector players to ensure Nigerians derive maximum benefit from investments in the national.