The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) recently received new power transformers to help improve the country's power supply.
TCN's General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, made the announcement on Sunday in Abuja when the company took possession of ten 60 Megavolt Ampree (MVA) 132/33KV capacity transformers and five 150MVA 330/132KV capacity transformers, according to NAN.
The transformers that were delivered from the Apapa ports to the TCN Central Store in Ojo, Lagos State, will be distributed throughout the country.
Sule Abdulaziz, acting Managing Director of the TCN, informed everyone that the contract for the supply of transformers under the Nigerian Electricity Transmission Project was funded by the World Bank (NETAP).
He stated that TCN was still working on the details of where the transformers would be installed.
He reminded everyone that, once installed and connected to the grid, the transformers could contribute 637 MW and 850 MW to the distribution grid, respectively.
"As a result, the total capacity of the transmission system has increased by 1,487MW while maintaining N-1 reliability criteria in the substations, which is strategic in terms of improving grid stability."
He went on to say that this was the world bank's second time supporting the federal government's transformer project, having done so in August 2021.
Five of the ten 60MVA transformers were installed at substations in Karu and Gombe, with one each in Kano and Lagos states.
"This is the first time in TCN's history that such a large number of transformers have been delivered in such a short period of time."
"These are significant achievements for TCN as it works to carry out its short-term development plan as part of the Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion, and Rehabilitation Programme" (NEGMERP).
"The World Bank-sponsored NETAP project is one of the TCN donor-funded projects aimed at expanding the transmission grid while putting maintenance of existing transmission infrastructure first," he explained.
TCN is also working on several projects funded by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD), the French development agency, and on finalizing contract papers with the African Development Bank (AfDB) for 330KV and 132KV substations.
Finally, TCN is working in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), with whom the MD stated that efforts to identify consultants to work with on specific projects are currently underway.
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