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Published On: Thu, Sep 26th, 2019

Despite $1.6bn fund, TCN inefficient with 5,300 interruptions -ANED

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By Etuka Sunday

The Distribution Companies (DisCos) have accused Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) of using analogue system to cause inefficiencies, saying that it has recorded 5,311 interface disruptions in one DisCo in the first 18 days of this month.
The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) which represents 10 DisCos, except Yola DisCo on Monday also said despite $1.6 billion multilateral funding of TCN, its equipment have caused over 100 electricity grid collapses since privatization in 2013, and nine collapses this year.
ANED in a statement by the Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Chief Sunday Oduntan, said it was responding to a recent TCN report that the DisCos misrepresented crucial power evacuation and distribution data.
Presenting the facts, ANED said it owes obligation to the 10 DisCos who have invested about $1.4 billion in the networks, insisting that the DisCos had not rejected energy load as TCN claimed in its publication.
ANED also accused TCN of falsifying data that conflicts the data presented to DisCos by the National Control Centre (NCC) which is under TCN and coordinate power allocation to DisCos.
While TCN headquarter data published on September 20th, 2019, shows 19,173 megawatts (MW) of energy was delivered to DisCos between August 22nd and 24th of 2019, the NCC data actually shows it was 13,963MW.
ANED said that indicated a conflicting difference of 5,208MW data within the same company.
“It raises questions as to the veracity and accuracy of TCN’s response, in terms of the energy that it delivered to the DisCos. How could TCN’s supposed sent-out or delivered energy exceed that recorded by its control centre, the singular source for such information,” ANED said.

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