We’ve increased transmission capacity to 8,000mw in 3 years  —TCN

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), said it has increased transmission wheeling capacity from 5,500MW in 2017 to about 8,000MW, pledged robust transformation in the power sector.

The acting Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of TCN,  Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, made this disclosure to Nigerian NewsDirect Newspaper during a press conference on Wednesday 2nd December in the company’s corporate Headquarters, Abuja.

Aziz revealed that the company solved the on Sunday’s nationwide blackout within 40minutes.

He stated that TCN has made tremendous improvement in the area of attaining increased transmission wheeling capacity from 5,500MW in 2017 to 8,000MW, completion of substation, reorganization of personnel, procurement of maintenance equipment since his assumption of office.

“Since I came to office we have achieved a lot of improvements including completion of substations, there has not been system collapse except the one that happened on Sunday around 11:40am, it is one of the fastest system collapse restoration, within 40minutes we were able to address the issue first in Abuja then other states. What I want you to understand is that in every Country there is system collapse, the most important thing is the way and manner it is been addressed.”

Aziz said in line with the Presidential Power Initiative(PPI) the company has been able to implement several key projects in selected states to improve the quality power across the Country.

“The Gagarawa substation project commissioned last week was  second official project commissioning ceremony by this new TCN Management after my assumption of office a few months ago presents a very good opportunity for me to introduce our new roadmap in TCN, the Nigeria Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Program (NEGMERP).

“This is a well thought out Program with the objective of delivering quality bulk electricity supply to Nigerians while giving equal attention and priority to all Transmission Lines and Substation Projects across the length and breadth of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and at the same time not forgetting our major business as Grid Managers which is to efficiently operate and maintain existing facilities.

“It also worthy of note that this administration pays great attention to improving our operations in terms of prioritizing and upgrading our Independent System Operation (ISO) Sector via SCADA and Communication equipment upgrades. Our National Control Centers, Regional Control Centers and Substation Control Rooms upgrade and Rehabilitation are all part of the NEGMERP Program. All this programs are going to be driven by our staff hence staff welfare is top on our priority as well,” he said.

Recall that the company recorded all time peak general of 5, 377.8MW in August 1st 2020, 5,420.30MW in August 19th, the latest was 5,520MW in October 30th.