The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says it will construct six 330kv transmission substations in Lagos and Ogun s to improve power supply and boost industrialization in the country.
The Managing Director of TCN, Mr. Mohammed Usman-Gur made this known at a news conference in Abuja on Tuesday.
He said the construction of the substations became necessary in view of the importance of electricity in promoting industrialization.
According to him, TCN‘s move to build the substations in the Western parts of the country is aimed at consolidating on its Transmission Rehabilitation Expansion Programme (TREP), having begun the Abuja transmission expansion projects.
Mohammed, who did not disclose the cost of the projects, listed the locations of the projects in Ogun to include Mountain of fire, Ojijo, Aribajo and new Agbala.
He said the other two substations would also be developed at the Badagry area of Lagos.
According to him, TCN will ensure that companies who had previously abandoned TCN’s equipment at the port will not be allowed to win the contract.
He said that only qualified and credible contractors would be allowed to bid for the project.
Mohammed also said that TCN had begun the process of acquiring a functional Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system (SCDA) to monitor activities of power sector operators on the national grid.
He said the installation of a functional SCDA would deter operators across the value chain from engaging in activities capable of affecting the grid.
The TCN boss also announced that the company had attained a wheeling capacity of 7,124, as at Dec. 2017, having commissioned new substations and installed 27 new transformers across the country.
Mohammed noted that installation of the transformers was done by TCN in-house engineers at a reduced cost, adding that the company had also maintained its frequency control at 49.5 and 50.5.
He, however, said TCN was working to attain the West African Power Pool (WAPP) frequency control target of 49.8 and 50.2, and would also establish a spinning reserve to stabilize the grid.
On TCN’s stranded containers at the port, he said the company via the support of Federal Government recently recovered 693 containers of transmission equipment.
According to him, several attempts to recover the containers in the last 15 years have been unsuccessful by previous management.
The TCN boss said European Union (EU) had also agreed to provide a 25 million Euro grant to TCN to build solar power transmission line in Katsina.
He said the line would be used to transmit Federal Government’s planned 1000 solar power Independent Power Project due to be constructed in Katsina.
Mohammed also revealed that TCN’s funding had not improved, hence it submitted a request to Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to review its tariff.
According to him, the company had devised other measures to source funds to execute its projects through multilateral and donor agencies and reduction of the cost of projects by using in-house engineers to execute projects.