By Agatha Chitumu, Abuja

DAILY COURIER – The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is set to accelerate the completion of the World Bank sponsored Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system deployment project by the end of the forth quarter of 2024.

The chairman of the TCN steering committee on the implementation of the World Bank SCADA/EMS and Telecommunication project, Engr. Balarabe Abdullahi, gave the hint in Abuja on Thursday at a meeting to evaluate the work of the committee.

SCADA is a system that allows for perfect monitoring and control of field devices at a remote location. When deployed it will help TCN to monitor and control activities of electricity generating companies, distribution companies and the transmission network.

While commending members of the committee for their efforts towards ensuring the smooth implementation of the project, Engr Abdullahi who is also the General Manager, Technical Services (TCN) said all is now set for the full deployment of the new SCADA system.

The deployment according to him would help reduce most of the challenges associated with efficient supply of electricity in the country.

He explained further that the steering committee has worked tirelessly with the contractor and staff of TCN across the country to identify possible challenges that can hinder execution of the project.

Identifying gaps, he stated further that the committee is set to meet with TCN management to find ways to resolve them.

Presenting the report of the steering committee on the rehabilitation of the World Bank SCADA for internal review, TCN Executive Director, Independent System Operator, Engr. Mamman Lawal, said all equipment for the project have been imported into the country.

He noted however that contractor are having problems with the payment of 7.5 percent value added tax (VAT) as the waver extended to the industry expired last year.

He then called on the management of TCN to reach out to the federal government so as to renew the waver as the cost component of VAT was not included in the initial plan.

“Staff of TCN have been sent to Europe and China for training in every area including the technical and telecommunication management of the SCADA system when deployed,” he added.