Kaduna Electric Commits To National Grid Stabilization

The Chairman of Kaduna Electricity Distribution PLC, Alhaji Yusuf Hamisu Abubakar has called for greater collaboration between the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN and the Distribution Companies for effective delivery of qualitative power supply to the Nigerian public.

The call was made in Zaria last Friday while making a remark during the official commissioning of a mobile 40MVA power transformer at the 132/33KV Transmission sub-station by the honorable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola.

He advocated a balance between grid stabilization, the major concern of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN and business viability. “The two actors in the value chain must work together to ensure that the National Grid is stabilized, just as concerted efforts must be made to ensure that the power sector is viable and attractive to both local and foreign investors. This is the only way to ensure to ensure the development of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry”, he asserted.

Alhaji Yusuf Hamisu Abubakar therefore congratulated both the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola and the Interim Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, Alhaji Usman Gur Mohammed for the incremental progress being recorded in the nation’s power sector, describing the Nigerian Electricity supply Industry as ” the most difficult sector to work in”.

The Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola who was represented by the Minister of State, Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Mustapha Baba Shehuri announced that the Federal Government shall upgrade the TCN capacity to 20,000MW in the next four years.

Earlier, the Interim Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, Alhaji Usman Gur Mohammed disclosed that “plan has reached the advanced stage to construct a 330KV grid code line from Kaduna to Zaria to Kano through the Transmission Company of Nigeria grid rehabilitation and expansion programme.


Source: Press Release

TCN Set To Site $200m Power Transmission Project In Ogun

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is to construct a $200million power transmission project in Ogun State,  the Managing Director of the company, Mr Usman Gur Mohammed, has disclosed.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy visit to the state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun in Abeokuta, Mohammed said the project, when completed, would address the inadequacy of the transmission capacity of the nation, which currently stands at 6,500 megawatts.

According to him, the project would also increase available power to industrial concerns and the populace.

To facilitate the smooth take-off of the project, Mohammed said the TCN would require land in places, such as Lukosi, in Abeokuta; Redemption Camp and Mountain of Fire Ministries area, along with the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway corridor as well as Ajegunle, very close to Agbara and Arigbajo axis. 

The TCN boss said the land would be used for building sub stations that would help to expand the nation’s transmission capacity, adding that the sum of $1.5 billion dollars has already been secured from donor agencies to finance the project.

Mohammed said the company cannot expand its transmission capacity without the active collaboration of the state governments, especially in the area of getting the right of way to acquire additional lands and payment of compensation to people, who may be displaced.

Responding, the governor, who said power transmission is very key to overcoming the nations’ power challenges, promised that the state government would support initiatives aimed at improving the nations’ capacity in this respect. 

Meanwhile, Amosun has expressed his administration’s readiness to explore areas of common interest with the Republic of Indonesia. 

He said his administration is interested in securing a working partnership with the country’s government and investors, especially, in the area of agriculture and agro-allied industries.

The governor stated these while playing host to a team, led by the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Harry Purwto, when they paid a courtesy visit on the governor yesterday.

The envoy said a good number of Indonesian investors are interested in doing business in Nigeria and they have found Ogun State to be a strategic and suitable destination for their investment.

Purwanto said Indonesia is taking full advantage of the friendly investment atmosphere in Ogun State.

Source: This Day

TCN Gives Osun Approval For Power Station

Efforts by the Government of Osun to industrialise the state has received a boost as the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has approved the construction of a power transmission substation in the state.

According to a letter addressed to the State Government, titled: ‘Re: Request for Permit to Construct Transmission Line and Substation at Proposed Dagbolu International Market, Dagbolu, Osun’, TCN gave the approval to locate power transmission infrastructure in Dagbolu to catalise industrial growth similar to Ikeja and Oluyole industrial packs of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo era.

The letter, dated 11th April 2016 and signed by the General Manager (Design and Standard) TCN, Mr. Ademola Afolabi, said with the approval the state would be in strategic economic position as another commercial hub in the South-West.

The approval by TCN was said to have come without a cost to the state.

TCN disclosed that the Bill of Engineering Measurement and Evaluation (BEME) document submitted by the state was found to be in conformity with TCN’s standard bidding document, which facilitated the subsequent approval.

The approval letter stated that the location of national grid in Osogbo and the approval of new power transmission would attract investors to the state.

He noted also that industries with huge energy consumptions would prefer a state like Osun with constant power supplies.

TCN stated that citing such industries in the state will create huge job opportunities.

The company added that the nearness of the state’s commercial hub to railway line would foster economic activities and reduce cost of transportation in the production chain.

The approval letter stated in part: “With this and lucky presence of the only national grid in Osogbo, the state can attract industries, especially heavy industries such as steel, chemical, paints, etc.

“The beauty of such heavy industries’ localization is that they are heavy employers of labour and high contributors to the internally generated revenue of the state.

“The Dagbolu, Osun hub is adjacent to the rail line and such location, therefore reduces the cost of production associated with energy and transportation.”
One of the states in the country making efforts to expand its revenue base stands to benefit from heavy industrialization.

TCN Explains Thursday’s Power Collapse

The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, yesterday, explained that the nationwide total system collapse experienced at 12:35pm on Thursday, was caused by the tripping of Osogbo/Ihovbor and Ihovbor/Benin 330kV transmission lines, which resulted in loss of 201MW generation from Ihovbor power station.

The Management of System Operation/Market Operation (SO/MO) of the TCN, in a statement yesterday explained further that the generation and load imbalance that ensued, defined by sudden decline in system frequency, culminated in the Collapse.

According to TCN, “Total grid generation at collapse inception was 3,196.0MW. The low generation at the time was due to shortage of gas supply to generators.

“The transmission grid is characteristically susceptible to system collapses when generation is below 3,500MW and the available spinning reserve capacity is low.

“TCN is working assiduously to consolidate the gains recorded in system stability, which is evident from the substantial reduction of system collapses from 22 in 2013 to 9 in 2014 followed by 6 in 2015.

“A substantial number of these collapses are attributable to low system generation due to gas supply issues which impacts stability.

TCN recalled that “The improvement in system stability is also evidenced by the fact that TCN has been able to wheel maximum energy of 109,372MWH on 2nd February, 2016 while the peak power transferred on the same day was 5, 074 MW.

“The System Operator, TCN regrets the inconvenience caused by the collapse.”