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TCN to boost supply with 15 new power transformers

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), said it is set to boost supply in the country as it takes delivery of 15 new power transformers.

TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah, in a statement on Sunday, said the transformers comprised ten 60 MegaVolt Ampree (MVA) 132/33KV, and five150MVA 330/132KV capacity transformers.

The transformers, retrieved from the Apapa ports, were delivered to TCN Central Store in Ojo, Lagos, for onward delivery to various sites nationwide.

Commenting, the acting Managing Director,TCN, Sule Abdulaziz, was quoted as saying that the contract for the supply of the transformers was funded by the World Bank, under the Nigerian Electricity Transmission Project (NETAP).

Abdulaziz said once installed and connected to the grid, the 60MVA 132/3KkV and 50MVA 330/132KV transformers would add 637 megawatts (MW) and 850MW respectively to the transmission network.

“Consequently increasing the total capacity of the transmission system by 1,487MW, while ensuring N-1 reliability criteria in the sub-stations, this is strategic in enhancing grid stability.”

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

Abdulaziz explained that in August 2021, the World Bank also funded transformer supply contracts, which brought in 10 60MVA132/33kV transformers and 25 earthing transformers.

Out of the ten 60MVA transformers, five were installed in Karu and Gombe sub-stations, while one each was mounted in Kano and Lagos states.

He continued: “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 one of the TCN donor-funded projects aimed at expanding the transmission grid while also prioritising maintenance of the existing transmission infrastructures,” he said.

Abdulaziz added that TCN was equally executing several other projects funded by the French development agency, Agence Français de Développement (AFD).

He also said the processes for the project funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB), was progressing very fast, as TCN would soon sign contracts for 330KV & 132KV substations.

He added that the procurement of consultants for projects funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), would soon commence.

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