…increases capacity from 120MVA to 220MVA
By Musa Adamu
Federal government yesterday in Katampe substation in Abuja commissioned a 1×100MVA capacity transformer, thereby increasing the capacity of the substation from 120MVA to 220MVA.
A similar transformer was installed at Apo substation.
The transformer which is one of the two installed in Abuja, is a part of the Nigerian Electricity and Gas Improvement Project (NEGIC).
According to the Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Muhammed, the Katampe 330/132/33kv substation was commissioned in 2003 with initial installed capacity of 2×60MVA level but that in 2004, it was upgraded with 2×150MVA at 330kv level.
He said the commissioned transformer would enable the TCN to wheel more bulk electricity to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).
He said: “With this development TCN has satisfied the redundancy requirement in line with N-1 reliability criterion at both Katampe and Apo substations.
“Much similar to the cases of Apo, Keffi, Suleja and several other substations upgrades across the country, this is one of the NEGIP financed by the World Bank.”
Speaking at the commissioning of the project, minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, represented by the minister of state II in the ministry, Suleiman Hassan Zarma, said with the commissioning of the two 100MVA, 132/33kV transformers Gwarinpa, Life Camp, Jabi, Kado, Wuye, Maitama, Mpape, Katempe 1 and II, Jahi, Mabushi Garki, Gudu, Guzape, Asokoro, Apo Resettlement, Wumba, Apo Mechanic Village and part of Lugbe and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport all located within the FCT Abuja would experience remarkable improvement in power supply.
He said with this development, TCN had not only established adequate transformer capacity to serve these parts of Abuja but had also provided the necessary redundancy in line with the requirements of N-1 reliability criterion at both Katampe and Apo substations.
He said: “The installation of the two 100MVA, each at Apo and Katampe will also increase the total wheeling capacity of TCN, which was last simulated in the December 2017 to slightly above 7,000MW.”
He said the installation of the two 100MVA, each at Apo and Katampe would also increase the total wheeling capacity of TCN, which was last simulated in the December 2017 to slightly above 7,000MW.
He disclosed that TCN had also advertised for upgrading the capacity of Central Area 132/33kV Substation, saying thw project was part of the Nigerian Electricity Transmission Project (NETAP) financed by the World Bank as a successor to NEGIP.
“TCN is also implementing the Abuja Transmission Scheme (ATS) financed by Agence Francaise De Development (AFD). The procurement process for the projects under the scheme has reached an advanced stage.
“Five new Substations and a the third 330kV transmission line into Abuja in addition to Shiroro-Abuja and Ajaokuta-Abuja 330kV transmission line will be constructed as part of ATS. Two of the new Stations 330/132/33kV Substations under ATS will be sited at the West Main (Lugbe) and New Apo, while the three new 132/33kV substations will be sited at Lokogoma, Kuje and Gwarinpa. They are expected to cater for the transmission needs of Abuja in a long while.”