The Interim Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr Usman Gur-Mohammed, speaking in Abuja recently, said that the company (TCN) wants to attain 14,000 Megawatts (mw) under the Transmission Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (TERP) being financed with about #383billion ($1.064 million) from international lenders. He also mentioned that the company (TCN), within the last 10 months had added 1,000 Megawatts (mw) capacity to raise the wheeling capacity to 7,000 Megawatts (mw) and that is much more higher than the 4,500 Megawatts (mw) capacity the Distribution Companies (DisCos) can take, but generation capacity is at 7,000 Megawatts (mw) now.
He said, “We are working to raise the transmission capacity higher than the 7,000mw because according to the Power Pyramid structure which is the global best practice, when the Generation Companies (GenCos) attain 7,000 Megawatts(mw) as they are now, the transmission capacity should be twice of that at 14,000(mw) and the DisCos’ network capacity should be twice of transmission which is 28,000 (mw), but this is not the case now in Nigeria.”
The Interim Managing director who came from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to head TCN since January 2017 made it known that he had plans of purging the Federal Government’s agency of old habits to have an agency that practices global standards in expanding the electricity grid. He said the local funding through the electricity market revenue is poor, at below 40 per cent which does not support the huge investment plan and this shortfall is because of the Distribution Companies (DisCos) poor revenue collection.
The TCN boss said he is ensuring that some past mistakes in projects implementation are not repeated. Some of this mistakes include giving out of contracts to local contractors which do not have the capacity to execute the project and not allowing the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) that have been selected to bring in the equipment and install the equipment themselves.
Some major Project which would be executed under the Transmission Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (TERP) include the reconstruction of power lines to strengthen transmission capacity, installation a new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system as the existing one covers only 40 per cent of the grid, construction of two new 330 kilovolt (kv) transmission substations and five 132kv substations in Abuja, and building of 2,400 Megawatts (mw) capacity transmission line to strengthen the northern transmission corridor.