Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has successfully completed a brand new 60MVA 132/33kV power transformer in Akure, Ondo State.
The government owned company has also completed a 30/40MVA 132/33kV transmission substation project in Wudil, Kano State.
The transformer and substation project would be officially commissioned by the Honourable Minister of Power Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola.
Meanwhile, the transformers have been energised and are supplying the communities where they are located and their environs.
The projects are an addition to the twenty seven power transformers completed across the country, mainly by TCN in-house engineers.
According to the General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, the contract for construction of Wudil 30/40MVA 330/33kV Transmission Substation was awarded in 2009 but the contractor failed to complete the contract for nine years.
Consequently, TCN took over the project within the first week of July, 2018, in line with its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme (TREP) aimed at strengthening the grid for improved power supply.
She explained that the project was successfully completed within three weeks by TCN’s in-house engineers and energised in July 31st, 2018.
According to her, the Wudil Transmission Substation project has increased the quantum of bulk electricity supply to Kano Electricity Distribution Company for onward delivery to electricity customers in Gaya Town, Taraki Garko, Wudil Town and Mariri, among others.
“These towns who are customers of Kano Electricity Distribution Company are expected to enjoy increased hours of power supply,” Mrs Mbah said.
Also, the installation of the new 1X60MVA 132/33kV power transformer and 2No 33kV feeder bays in Akure Transmission Substation, funded by the World Bank that commenced in February 2017, was completed and also energised in July, 2018.
The new 60MVA power transformer increased the capacity of Akure Transmission Substation from 120MVA to 180MVA.
TCN said that with the additional capacity, it has equally increased power supply to Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company load centres that take supply from the substation.