The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) will invest about $170 million on the construction of five new transmission sub-stations in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of the country. TCN’s Managing Director, Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed, explained that the project would come under the first phase of TCN’s Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion plan and will be financed by the French Development agency- Francaise de Developpment (AFD).
According to Mohammed, the project will include sub-stations in Lokogoma, Gwarinpa, Kuje, Apo and Lugbe. To give the Federal Capital Territory an added power supply advantage, the sub-stations will be complemented by the construction of a new electricity transmission route from Lafia in Nasarawa State to Abuja.
Mohammed noted that the TCN also plans to send a letter of complaint to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to ask for a special regulatory cover for its transmission facilities, especially heavy duty transformers across the country. Mohammed claims this initiative was prompted because the heavy duty transformers are frequently impacted by electricity accidents from the various distribution facilities of electricity distribution companies (Discos).
He noted that the electricity distribution companies are often connected directly to TCN sub-stations, instead of to their various injection sub-stations from which they should supply to their network.
Mohammed revealed that the TCN had lost some of its transformers to accidents caused by the electricity distribution companies. He said “this is why I am telling NERC that we are writing a petition, that those areas where they (Discos) are taking supply directly from our transformers because they have failed to build their own injection sub-stations, we are going to ask for a rule from NERC to say that if our transformers get spoilt because the distribution company failed to invest, they are going to compensate us”.
The managing director concluded by noting that it was imperative that the NERC insists on a rule that protects the facilities owned by TCN.