Gencos Raise Concern Over The Operational Capacity Of TCN


The current transmission infrastructure of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) remains a risk to the safety of their operations and equipment according to Electricity generation companies (Gencos), ThisDay reports.
The Gencos expressed their distrust with the operational capacity of TCN, also reaffirm similar feelings on TCN as shared by the electricity distribution companies (Discos).
Earlier in 2014, they warned that TCN’s operational capacity was suspicious.
According to the Gencos, operations of TCN have contributed to the damage of generating equipment valued at billions of naira.
They however urge the government to significantly invest in the transmission network and upgrade its capacity to an equal level with other value chains of the power sector, adding that its continued under-performance was impeding the sector’s growth.

The Gencos also disclosed others challenges which include accumulated debts for energy generated and supplied; government’s economic policies; opposition to retail cost reflective tariff for the sector; as well as shortage of gas supply were impacting on their operations.
They also noted that up to 4,991 megawatts (MW) of electricity was currently stucked by either shortage of gas supply, transmission constraints or other ancillary issues.
The Gencos in a statement said, “The Gencos use this opportunity to send an SOS in respect of transmission infrastructure particularly as it relates to the safety of our operations and equipment. There is a need to significantly invest in the transmission sector in order to ensure an equal level growth across the industry.
It added, “As it stands now, the generating sector has already witnessed a mishap due to inadequate transmission infrastructure which has cost damage to generating equipment valued at billions of naira.”


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