The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has developed a transmission infrastructural expansion plan with a $1.55 billion portfolio of projects which various donors including development banks and multilateral agencies have indicated willingness to finance, the Interim Managing Director/CEO of the company, Usman Gur Mohammed, has stated.
Mohammed, who disclosed this in an interview he granted reporters at the 18th Monthly Power Sector Operators Meeting in Kano, said the company’s in-house engineers were involved in the preparatory documents as well as scoping of the planned projects nationwide. He added that the Multilateral Agencies that indicated their willingness to finance the expansion projects includes the World Bank (WB), African Development Bank (AfDB), Islamic Development Bank (IDB), Agence Francise Developpment (AFD), European Union (EU) and Japanese International Cooperation (JICA).
According to the Interim Managing Director, one of the projects to be executed include Abuja Transmission wheeling scheme, which has been on the drawing board since 2011. Abuja Transmission Wheeling Scheme has two (2No) 330/132/33kV and three (3No) 123/33kV transmission substations as well as 300kV and 132kV transmission lines. This project would provide another avenue for electricity supply to Abuja, through a 174km Double Circuit transmission line from Lafia, Nassarawa State.
Consistent with its roadmap of getting incremental power, the Federal Government has achieved 6,086Megawatts of grid electricity, surpassing by over 1,000MWs the amount of power attained early last year before the renewed attacks on gas installations in the Niger Delta.
It could be recalled that Government attained 5074MWs of grid electricity in February last year, the first in the history of power generation in the country, lifting the power level from a generation of about 2,690MWs in May 2015. The power, however, plummeted to less than 3,000MW a few weeks later as a result of persistent attacks on gas assets by militants.
However, speaking during his 18th Monthly Meeting with Power Sector Operators in Kano, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola SAN, said as at August 10, 2017, the generation was 6,086MW, while the transmission rose to 6,700MW as against the 5,000MW in 2016 adding that the Federal Government was doing its best to ensure improvement in electricity supply.
The Minister explained that government had also embarked on the expansion of transmission capacity with some power plants already completed while others had reached advanced stages of completion adding that large power consumers like state government and big manufacturing companies could now engage in power supply business.
Explaining the requirement for investing in the business, Fashola explained that such intending investors should secure permit from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). The Minister also noted that though some electricity distribution companies have reported that some of their customers were willing to pay for meters with government not objecting, they (DisCos) have the obligation to meter their customers
Power transmission in the country has received a boost as the World Bank, African Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, European Union and Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), donated the sum of $1.55b to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), for it to revive some of its projects and expand the transmission network in the country.
The Interim Managing Director of the TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed, who disclosed this during the 18th Monthly Power Sector Operators’ Meeting in Kumbotso, Kano State, explained that TCN approached the multilateral donors for assistance adding that it had been able to raise some significant money as a result.
Mohammed, who said TCN had resuscitated some under-performing projects, like the Abuja Transmission project, which, according to him, was supposed to provide power to three sub-stations and provide another avenue for supply through Abuja from Lafia.
Explaining the reason for the strategy, the Interim Managing Director, who said there was need for grid expansion when he took over the company, added that as a result of paucity of funds, it became expedient to seek the support of both the Federal Ministries of Finance and Power, Works and Housing to raise money from donor agencie
The Federal Government has released the regulations for qualification and application for investment in the building, installation and operation of mini-grids across the country as a means to harness the benefits accruable from private sector capacity as well as democratising access to power.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), which announced the regulations recently, directed that intending investors doing more than 100Kilowatts but less than 1Megawatt of power should obtain permit from the Commission while those doing less than 100Kilowatts needed no permit. It added, however, that all investors must register with NERC to make their presence known.
Speaking on the development while making his opening remark at the 18th Monthly Meeting with Power Sector Operatos, the Minister of Power Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, noted with delight that three applications had already been received by NERC and urged more investors from the Organized Private Sector to embrace the opportunity as a means of benefiting the nation with their capacity, pointing out that if allowed to work, it would enhance access to power by majority of Nigerian communities who have been underserved or not served at all.
Directing intending applicants to NERC website for online applications, the Minister listed the possibilities inherent in the development to include increased access to power, a boost to the economy, creation of jobs in terms of building and installing the grids and in terms of building and installing distribution equipment adding, “With this mini-grid regulations and Eligible Customers I see many possibilities ahead”.
He explained that it would also provide relief to the DisCos from unsatisfied customers and offers them an opportunity to reinvent their businesses adding that those of them, who could not do metering business, would have the opportunity to stand away from it.
Expressing the commitment of the Government to deliver on its roadmap in electricity supply to the people of Nigeria, Fashola said if the mini-grid project became operational, and the power distribution business got better, the DisCos stood a chance to buy power from the mini-grids or even buy out the grid owner adding that the project was part of government’s intentions in implementing the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSRA).
In line with its vision of delivering quality service to its customers, the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has reached out to 150 communities within its franchise area in three months.
The company has also upgraded its facilities in about 15 communities in Kwara State by renovating the Sawmill’s 3x15MVA, 33/11KV and Agba Dam’s 2x15MVA, 33/1111KV injection Substations which will serve customers in Oko-Erin, Ita-Amoda, Niger, Edun and Balogun communities, among others.
Rural villages, small scale businesses and key government establishments in Kwara State will be major beneficiaries of a planned deployment of Solar Energy System by the State Government aimed at boosting electricity supply and enhancing economic activities, the State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has disclosed.
Governor Ahmed, who made the disclosure when he received the National President, Licensed Electrical Contractors Association of Nigeria (LECAN), Otunba Dele Akintola at the Government House, Ilorin, explained that the system would provide alternative source of energy supply to critical sectors instead of relying solely on energy supply from the national grid.
The Governor reiterated that places that would benefit from the proposed solar energy systems would include the State’s Water Corporation, government hospitals, villages, small businesses and isolated critical government areas.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has again increased transformer capacity in its Ajah substation with the commissioning of a 60MVA 132/33kV power transformer which was successfully refurbished, installed and commissioned into service on July 11th, 2017.
General Manager (Public Affairs) of the company, Mrs Seun Olagunju, who disclosed this in a statement, said the newly installed 60MVA 132/33kV power transformer replaces an old 60MVA transformer that failed in the substation on the 28th of August, 2016. This has brought the station’s transformer capacity, previously at 132kV level, to 220MVA even as, according to her, “TCN is also installing another 60MVA 132/33kV mobile power transformer in the same station to further increase transmission capacity in the area”.
The General Manager, who said installation work had reached advanced stages, added that on completion, the mobile transformer would increase the transmission capacity in the substation to 280MW, “which is above the distribution load requirement in the area”, adding that the increased capacity of the Ajah transmission substation meant that additional power was now available to be wheeled to distribution load centres supplying electricity to Ajah and environs.
Eleven days after they lost power supply due to the collapse of tower No 183 as a result of severe flashflood caused by heavy rainfall, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has successfully restored electricity supply to BirninGwari and Yauri in Kaduna and Kebbi States respectively.
TCN’s General Manager, Mrs SeunOlagunju, who disclosed this in a statement, said Power supply was restored at about 5:10pm on Monday, 24th July, 2017 adding that the company’s 132kV Transmission Tower No 183, between Tegina and Kontagora in Niger State, had collapsed at about 7a.m on Thursday, 13th July, 2017, due to severe flashflood which eroded the base of the transmission tower, “despite remedial works carried out to fortify its foundation”.
According to Olagunju, TCN’s engineering crew were immediately mobilized to the site of the incident and worked assiduously to construct transmission line by-pass towers that would ensure supply of electricity to the areas affected by the incident adding that the transmission line by-pass towers were successfully erected and power supply restored to Birnin Gwari and Yauri on the 24th of July, 2017. With the transmission line by-pass tower, TCN “has resumed normal transmission of electricity to Yauri and BirninGwari Emirates under Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC)”.
Following its conferment with the Centre of Excellence, (CoE) in Training for the Power Sector in Africa, the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria, (NAPTIN) has joined the league of professional power trainers in Africa. The Institute was conferred with the certification after the assessment of its application by the African Network of Centres of Excellence in Electricity (ANCEE).
The recent conferment admits NAPTIN into the membership of ANCEE, a Pan African initiative led by Association of Power Utilities of Africa, (APUA ) with the support of the AgenceFrancaise Development (AFD), African Development Bank and the European Union, among others.
Benefits accruing to NAPTIN, as a member of ANCEE, include sharing knowledge and best practices with other CoEs in the region, increase in its offered courses and being at a vantage position to attract foreign direct investment through training patronage from other African countries at the instance of APUA, which will enable it to upgrade its training facilities and increase the quality of training in line with international best practice.
NAPTIN, which is the only representative of ANCEE in West Africa and one of the eight training centres of the network in Africa, has started reaping some of these benefits as it has been requested by APUA to design selected training programmes for some 42 members of staff of the utility companies in Ghana, while NAPTIN’S staff will also be facilitating in a training programme for the power utility company of Mali.
As part of continued efforts to improve power supply in the nation, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has commissioned a new 40MVA Transformer at its 132/33kV transmission sub-station at Mayo-Belwa in Adamawa State.
This was revealed in a statement signed by the General Manager (Public Affairs), Seun Olagunju, which indicated that with the completion of the new station, transmission capacity in Yola Sub-Region has increased with about 32MW. The Mayo-Belwa 132/33kV Substation connects Ngurore 33kV Feeder and Mayo-Belwa 33kV Feeder thus extending power supply to Jada, Toungo, Ganye and several other towns and villages in Taraba State. Prior to the construction of this new station, Mayo-Belwa received power supply from Yola Transmission Station, through the 33kV Mayo-Belwa/ Numan feeder.
The statement further revealed that TCN is working assidiously with the Kaduna State government to build two new 330kV substations in Kaduna and Zaria and three additional 132kV substations at Rigasa, Kakau and Jaji as well as the reconstruction of the Kaduna-Kano 330kV SC transmission line. The company is also collaborating with Kebbi, Kano, Ogun, Lagos, Bauchi, Abia and Edo State Governors among others, in implementing its flagship Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme (TREP).
FASHOLA OYEGUN OTHERS AT THE 11TH ABUJA HOUSING SHOW
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola SANleft and National Chairman All Progressives Congress Chief John Oyegunright shortly before the Opening Ceremony the 11th Abuja Housing Show on the theme Solving Nigerias Housing Challenge through Innovative Finance and Infrastructure Solutions organized by Fesadeb Media Group at the International Conference Centre Abuja on Monday 17th July 2017
FASHOLA DELIVERS SPECIAL HERBERT MACAULAY MEMORIAL LECTURE ORGANIZED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA NSUKKA
Hon Minister of Power Works Housing and Guest Lecturer Mr Babatunde FasholaSANleft and Vice Chancellor University of NigeriaNsukka ProfBenjamin Chukwuma Ozumbarightpresenting one of the Laptop computers made by the University of Nigeria to the Hon Minister shortly after he delivered theSpecial Herbert Macaulay Memorial Lectureorganized by the University of Nigeria Nsukka at the Princess Alexandra AuditoriumPAA Nsukka Enugu State on Monday 2nd July 2018