By Etuka Sunday
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) yesterday disclosed that it has recovered a total number of 775 power equipment containers out of 800 abandoned at ports due to tariff related issues.
TCN said, out of the 800 containers, 775 were recovered, two were declared missing, while two were empty.
The Managing Director of TCN, Usman Mohammed who disclosed this at the quarterly media briefing in Abuja could not tell the contents or the value of the missing containers, but pledged to work with his team to recover them.
Recall, in a statement in August last year (2018), Mr Mohammed revealed that some of the containers had been stranded at various ports for 15 years before the company was able to recover about 693 of them.
We were able to recover 693 containers as of last week, out of a total of 800 containers that have been in the ports. Some of these containers have been there for 15 years. Others have been auctioned and we had to trace the auctioneers to get the containers, “ he said.
Meanwhile, he disclosed that the company has received $1.6661 billion dollars from multi-lateral donors to boost transmission infrastructure in the country.
Mohammed said that TCN had raised significant amount to reinforce the system under the critical investment in line and sub-station.
“As at today, the amount we have raised from multi-lateral donors has risen to $1.661 billion dollars to execute some power projects in the country.
“These projects include the Abuja Wheeling Scheme that will bring five sub-stations and bring a new supply route to the territory.
“The new route will be from Lafia to Abuja with 330 Kilo Volt (KV) line and two 330KV sub-stations in Abuja and put addition three numbers 132 KV sub-station in the territory, ‘’he said.
He said that the contract for the project had been signed and divided into six slots adding that 10 contractors had been pre-qualified.