TCN has set a target of 20,000 megawatts of electricity transmission by 2021. TCN MD, Mr Usman Mohammed, who made this known Monday when he presented the company’s 2018 scorecard to State House correspondents in Abuja, said efforts are geared towards giving Nigerians adequate supply of electricity. “We have established transmission, rehabilitation and expansion programme. The main objective of this is to rehabilitate, stabilise and expand the delivery capacity of TCN to at least 20,000 megawatts by 2021 and we are on track,” Mohammed said.
According to him, the transmission capacity has been improved by over 3,000 megawatts between February and December 2018, an indication that the rehabilitation and expansion programme in the power sector is on track. He, however, explained that the increase in transmission capacity has not translated in distribution because of the imbalance in the ratio of demand to supply. He also stated that international donors have injected a total the sum of $1.6 billion to finance critical electricity transmission and distribution projects that will facilitate improvement in electricity transportation to end users.
Boasting transparency and better project implementation capacity under the new management, Mohammed said the procurement process of the Abuja Ring Scheme has reached an advanced stage, and that the two contracts for the lines have been signed and the remaining lots for substation projects have been evaluated and submitted to AFD. He said it will fund five new substations and a new 330 KV transmission line to Abuja through Lafia, adding that it is an entirely a greenfield project.
Edo-Azura Power and BEDC: The gaps between power generation and negative distribution – Business Day
BEDC has said it gets only 9% allocation from power national grid but the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, had explained why Discos reportedly rejected over 9,000 megawatts of electricity within one week recently. Noting that power generation has grown from 2,690 megawatts in 2015 to 6,800 this August, he said that there is a problem with distribution caused by the inability of Discos to upgrade their equipment to the level of the generation being made.
According to him, an average of 4,000 megawatts of power is not accepted regularly, due to the weak capacity of the equipment being used by the Discos. He said that some of the equipment acquired by the Discos upon privatization have become antiquated and obsolete and hence, require being upgraded if they would be able to absorb and distribute the existing megawatts of electricity. BEDC has recorded megawatts of electricity increasing losses and receivables, lesser recoveries and almost unchanged electricity demand, supply and shortfall situation over the last one year while attributing most of the sector’s ills to the chronic crisis.
Power system distribution gaps growing despite an increase in generation in Edo. Azura generates about 450 megawatts and BEDC purchases about 100 megawatts of electricity and distribute to customers. Nigeria has emerged the country with the biggest gap between supply and demand for electricity in the world, according to the progress report on the roadmap for power sector reform. Since power privatization in 2013, there was severe underinvestment, equipment was poorly maintained and low salaries could not attract new talents.