By Musa Adamu
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said it had increased the capacity of the transmission lines in the country by 600mw.
According to him, this was achieved after it energized the 2nd Asaba-Benin 330kV transmission line this week.
In a statement signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, TCN explained that the newly energized Asaba-Benin transmission line provides alternative source of energy to the Asaba 330kV transmission substation in Asaba, Delta state.
It further informed that the line which was completed since 2016, was finally commissioned into service after TCN engineers had completed the relay setting at the Asaba and Benin end of the transmission line.
It said the commissioning into service of the new transmission line, brings to three, the number of 330kV transmission lines from Onitsha axis to Benin.
It said: “These three lines have the capacity to carry 600MW each and with the new line, the total capability of the 330kV transmission lines on Benin axis has increased from 1200MW to 1800MW.”
According to the release, energizing the new Asaba – Benin 330kV transmission line also provides alternate route for power flow from Benin to Onitsha and assists in ensuring system stability, flexibility and redundancy on the line route.
“This means that TCN can transmit more power on this route and that fault or tripping of one of the lines would not affect power transmission in the area.
“TCN pledged to continue to invest in the expansion of the nation’s grid, noting that it is also currently executing several transmission lines, transformers and new substations projects in many locations nationwide.”