We’ve Increased Power Transmission Capacity To 8,000MW In 7 Years – TCN

We’ve Increased Power Transmission Capacity To 8,000MW In 7 Years – TCN

By ABAH ADAH, Abuja

The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has stated that with the last seven, 7, years it has been able to raise the power transmission capacity of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry to 8,100 megawatts (MW). 

Spokesperson of the company, Ndidi Mbah, who made this known in Abuja said: “TCN’s wheeling capacity had increased from about 5000MW in 2016 to 8100MW even as it is still growing, through the diligent implementation of NEGMERP.”

Although TCN now boasts of 8,100MW wheeling capacity and the generation companies can produce 7,600MW, the highest electricity ever distributed on the grid is 5,801MW on March 1st 2021. Currently, the grid does between 4,500MW and 3,500MW.

Under the Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance Expansion & Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP) in 2022, TCN imported over 40 power transformers including the ones for five new substations in Abuja, rehabilitation of substations in Lagos and new substations in Kano and Katsina.

TCN’s wheeling capacity as simulated by its system planning department is 8,100MW and since the simulation was carried out, TCN has continued to expand the nation’s grid, by rehabilitating and upgrading brownfield/existing projects and building new/ green field projects.

“TCN’s operational capacity which is 8,100MW and still counting is backed by facts and empirical data. TCN is not claiming that it has resolved all the challenges that impact its operations as the manager of the transmission grid, but it is resolute in its expansion drive,” the statement noted.

She added that the projects are in various old or new substations nationwide, from the North to the South, the East to the West. 


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