Critical Times News : Stable electricity is on the way —. TCN

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Stable electricity is on the way —. TCN

The Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr Usman Gur Mohammed says the company has received $1.57 billion (about N565.2bn) funding from international financiers for its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme (TREP) to achieve 20,000 megawatts (MW) in the next four years.

Mohammed said this yesterday at a workshop in Abuja, noting that the transmission wheeling capacity had risen to 7,124MW from 5,000MW before he assumed office.

He said TCN had standardised its procurement process, recalling that incompetent contractors had abandoned 800 container shipments of transmission equipment for about 15 years at the ports.

He said: “We have recovered 655 out of over 800 containers stranded in Nigerian port; some of the containers were in the ports for over 15 years, while others had been auctioned.”

EDF of France did a feasibility report for technologies and was being reviewed at the two-day workshop.

 “We must have a functional SCADA because TCN is a leading firm at the West African Power Pool (WAPP) and WAPP is moving to have a SCADA; we cannot be left behind,” he said.  

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Power, Engr. Louis Edozien, said the TREP will raise the grid to 10,000MW by 2019 and 15,000MW by 2020.

He said with the installation of SCADA and the EMS, the sector’s activities will be online real-time, transparent and monitored by key sector operators.
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