By Agatha Chitumu, Abuja


DAILY COURIER – The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has delivered 22 brand new power transformers, spare parts and critical equipment to its Central Store in Ojo, Lagos, it was learnt.


In a statement dated November 29, 2022 by the the GM, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, TCN said more of the equipment has arrived Lagos Port for onward delivery to the Store, for subsequent installation at various ongoing project sites across the country.


Some of the equipments according to the company would be kept in the store to serve as spares for future use.


“A large number of the equipment still in the store was recently inspected by members of the Governing Board of TCN and Management.


“The massive and unprecedented stockpile of various kinds of transmission equipment presently are gradually being moved to project sites for maintenance, new projects and upgrading of existing transmission lines and substation.


“The equipment described as the highest of such in the company’s history, comprise of 22 power transformers, haulage trucks, transmission switchyard spare parts, 45 No. earthing transformers, Suspension Clamps, Vibration Dampers, Armor Rods, Circuit Breakers, Current transformer, Voltage transformers, 100tons Crane truck heads etc.


“The Technical and Monitoring Committee of the Governing Board led by the Committee Chairman, Nsima Ekere, visited the Ojo Store as part of their two-day visit to Lagos Region where they inspected key power transmission substations as well as the Ojo Central Store.”


After the equipment inspection exercise, Mr. Ekere, who lauded TCN for the record stock delivery to the store added:


“We have seen loads of equipment that gives me hope that the new dawn that we have been expecting to see at TCN is here.


“We saw about 30 forklifts, mobile transformers, reconditioning facilities, all kinds of things, the conductors, isolators, several other equipment and electric scaffold mobile scissors among others.


These are all to improve the capacity of TCN’s efficiency in doing their work. I am convinced that the transmission grid expansion project that TCN is presently executing is ongoing and I must also commend the World Bank and other donor agencies that are helping us with funding,”


He then assured that the massive stock at the TCN central store has the capacity to wheel power if enhanced.


Speaking on the quantum of equipment in the Ojo Central Store, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Engr. Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz, said that most of the equipment were procured for donor funded projects supported by the World Bank, French Development Agency (AFD), African Development Bank, among others.


Abdulaziz, noted that resources have been committed by Donor Agencies, assisting the transmission company in its grid expansion drive, the capacity of the transformers he said, range from 60MVA up to 150MVA.


He added: “We have not seen this level of massive supply of materials in TCN stores in the past, purely for network expansion and maintenance.


“We have 150MVA transformers which are very massive and will eventually be connected on our 330kV circuit.


“We have the 100MVA transformers, high-grade cranes and other equipment. It implies that the turnaround time to rectify faults when they occur and the downtime have been reduced.”