…says Discos still rejecting power
By Etuka Sunday
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Friday, commissioned 2x60MVA, 132/33kV Power Transformers in Suleja Substation to increase its capacity from 66Megawatts to 162 Megawatts.
TCN said, the transformers are to strengthen the Grid and increase stable power supply to boost socio-economic activities of Suleja Town, Madalla, Gawon Babangida, Dikko, NNPC Depot, Field Base, Anagoda, Izon, Diri, Tappa, Lambata, Kaduna Road, Sabon Wuse in Nigeria State and Jere and its environs in Kaduna State.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the commissioning, the TCN’s Managing Director, Usman Gur Mohammed said, the commissioned transformers, were from the $100million loan intervention that the Federal Government received from the International Development Association (IDA).
“The Federal Government of Nigeria received a credit of USD100million from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank as an additional Finance towards the realisation of the Nigeria Electricity and Gas Improvement Project (NEGIP), and part of this credit was used to finance the contract for the supply and installation of 2x60MVA transformers and associated equipment in the Substation,” he said.
He noted that “the contract was awarded to Messrs MBH Power limited in June 2016 with a completion date of June 2018. The transformers have load capacity of 48mw each therefore, would increase the substation’s capacity from 66mw to 162mw.”
Speaking on the actual money used to build the transformers, he said, “to build a power transformer, especially 60MVA, each one cost nothing less than $2million. But you know this project is not only one project, it is a project that involves so many other transformers. You know the same contractor installed 100MVA in Katampe, also they did another 100MVA in APO, they did 60MVA in Keffi, 60MVA in Calabah and several others.”
Meanwhile, the TCN boss said, the Distribution Companies (Discos) are the biggest problem of the power supply chain in the country.
He said, apart from rejecting power load allocation, the distribution chain needs huge investment, especially in the area of metering.
Mr Usman however, said there are various initiatives that have been put in place by the Federal Government to fix the distribution side of the chain.
“The biggest problem we have is the distribution, because distribution is where investment has not been deployed. However, there are various initiatives have been put in place to fix the distribution.
“The key challenge of distribution is metering and if you remember there is this MAP that has been approved by Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). Companies have been licensed to procure and sell meters, so, very soon meters would flood the system.
“If you also remember government came up with distribution expansion plan, which is about N72billion which TCN is jointly implementing with the Federal Ministry of Power, all in a bid to fix the distribution.
“We have successfully procured half of the N72billion, you know procurement takes time, you have to forward it to Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), you have to advertise and evaluate. We have completed the evaluation and forwarded to BPP, we are waiting for the no objection.
“We will look at the biggest problems of distribution and eliminate them with the money,” he said.