TCN Expands Transmission Capacity To 7,000MW

Nigeria’s peak generation at the moment stands at 3,600 megawatts, according to the Presidential Task Force on power, but an optimistic Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN has expressed readiness to transmit 7,000 megawatts.

The company has also expanded the nation’s transmission lines, making it adequate to transmit 5,000 megawatts of electricity expected to be generated by Generation Companies, GENCOs.

TCN General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs. Seun Olagunju said the company currently has the capacity to transmit 7,000 megawatts of electricity.

Olagunju explained the reason for drop in power supply recently witnessed in the country, saying it was because some of the power plants were shut down for maintenance, which she said was important if power supply in the country will improve.

Meanwhile, the National Assembly has urged the Federal Government to equally unbundle the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) like the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), to make it more efficient.

The lawmakers also called for a total review of the contract agreement government entered into with Manitoba for the management of TCN.

Senate Committee on Power chair, Senator Philip Aduda and his counterpart in the House of Representatives, Patrick Ikhariale, had since called for the agreement documents to enable it study the grey areas that negate the principle of Nigerian content which gave the company an advantage to the detriment of Nigerian experts in the sector.

“We need to ensure that apart from Manitoba Hydro International managing the transmission sector, we must have the technical counterpart, because they are here as management partners.

“We have demanded for copies of the agreement so that we can proffer solutions to the lingering problem. We must look at that agreement because the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), was there and must remember most of those aspects in question,” Aduda stated.

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