By Agatha Chitumu

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) project under the auspices of the Nigerian Electricity Transmission Project (NETAP) got a boost recently when it took delivery of fifteen (15) brand new power transformers from the Apapa port in Lagos.

The project is funded by the World Bank.

The GM, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah in a press release stated that transformers comprise ten (10) number 60MVA 132/33kV and five (5) number 150MVA 330/132kV capacity transformers.

According to TCN, the delivery berthed at TCN Central Store in Ojo, Lagos State, for onward delivery to various TCN project sites nationwide.

Speaking on the contract, Ag. MD/CEO, TCN, Engr. Dr. Sule Abdulaziz, said TCN decides on the project site where the transformers will be installed.

He said: ” Installation and connection to the grid, the 10 number 60MVA 132/33kV power transformers and the five (5) 150MVA 330/132kV transformers will add 637MW and 850MW respectively to the transmission network.

“Consequently the total capacity of the transmission system will inrease by 1487MW while also ensuring N-1 reliability criteria in the substations, which is strategic in enhancing grid stability,”

Engr. Abdulaziz noted further that earlier in August last year, the World Bank also funded transformer supply contracts which brought in ten (10) number 60MVA132/33kV transformers and twenty-five (25 number) earthing transformers.

Out of the ten, he said (10) 60MVA transformers, five (5) were installed in Karu and Gombe Substations, two (2) are currently being installed in Kano and one in Lagos State.

“This is the first time in the history of TCN that it took delivery of large numbers of transformers within a short period.

“These are milestone achievements for TCN, as it strives to implement its short-term development plan under the Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP).

” The World Bank-sponsored NETAP project is only one of the TCN donor-funded projects aimed at expanding the transmission grid, while also prioritizing maintenance of the existing transmission infrastructures” the statement added.

Meanwhile, TCN has stated that it is equally executing several projects funded by the Agence Français de Développement (AFD) and African Development Bank (AfDB), while it is progressing very fast and on the verge of signing contracts for 330kV & 132kV Substations.

Information also filtered out that the procurement of consultants for projects funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), will soon commence.