The wheeling capacity of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is expected to increase to about 10,000MW by the end of the year. The country’s present transmission capacity is about 7,000MW.
This was made know by the Honourable Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Baba Shehuri during an inspection visit at the on-going transmission substation project in Biliri town of Biliri LGA of Gombe State. The project is presently about 90 percent completed.
The Minister, who expressed satisfaction with the level and quality of work done by the contractor, noted that the Biliri power project is expected to add 96 megawatts (MW) to the wheeling capacity by December, 2018 when the contractor assured of completing the project.
Mr. Shehuri said that “As you have been told by the representative of TCN, this is a world Bank two-year lifespan project which has advanced to completion stage. To finish the project, 2 x 60MVA transformers with all associated equipment, control room and all other facilities already procured are to be installed. It is a project expected to boost electricity supply in Gombe and neighbouring states when completed as it will increase the wheeling capacity of TCN by 96 per cent”.
“This is not the only project slated for commissioning between now and the end of the year. There are several of them spread across the country, that are either completed or are about to be completed, and will be commissioned in the coming weeks. TCN’s wheeling capacity today, through concerted effort, has risen to between 6 and 7 thousand megawatts from about three thousand. So by the end of the year, all in all, TCN’s wheeling capacity will rise to around 9 to 10, 000MW,” the Minister explained.
The minister emphasized on what the present administration has done to improve the efficiency of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in order to attain the incremental power policy of the Ministry of Power.
“When we came in there were over 2, 000 containers stranded at the port which were imported carrying critical equipment that would improve the transmission and distribution systems in the country. For whatever reasons, they were held at the ports for periods ranging from 4 years to 10 or even more. But we reached an agreement with the Nigerian Port Authority, the Customs and all other relevant agencies that in the interest of the Nigerian people this equipment must be released, with an agreement to settle whatever differences later. That is why in most cases government does not tax some of the equipment being brought in to improve power in the country. The number has reduced drastically, and I think as at the last count, there were just less than a hundred of such containers left to be cleared”, he explained.
The Biliri transmission project is a World Bank project executed through TCN.