TCN to boost wheeling capacity by 8,800mw

Oscarline Onwuemenyi
01 July 2016, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said it will give priority to implementation of some specific short term projects designed to boost the grid wheeling capacity by 28,800 megawatt hour (MWH).

Power2The company gave the hint in a communiqué issued after a one-day management retreat to brainstorm and strategize on the company’s way forward in Abuja.

According to the statement, which was signed by the company’s Public Affairs Officer, Ndidi Mbah, the projects include the installation of a 60MVA, 330/132/33kV power transformer at the Ife transmission Substation, adding that installation would be completed within three months.

Mbah explained that when completed, the power transformer will add 48MW to the nation’s transmission capacity.

Other projects include repair and installation of 60No defective 33kV circuit breakers which would be completed within six months and on completion enhance the grid wheeling capacity with about 28,800MWH (megawatt hour).

“The projects include the installation of a 60MVA, 330/132/33kV power transformer at the Ife transmission Substation; installation would be completed within three months, adding 48MW to the nation’s transmission capacity.

“Repair and installation of 60No defective 33kV circuit breakers which would be completed within six months and on completion enhance the grid wheeling capacity with about 28,800MWH (megawatt hour)” she stated.

According to Mbah, when completed these projects will increase TCN wheeling charges by over N700million, adding that also within a period of six months, critical and international 330kV lines are to be maintained to ensure system stability and revenue earnings.

She noted that retreat with the “The Way Forward” extensively discussed the company’s operations, and how to ensure that it achieves specific short term goals.

“It critically analyzed the company’s strengths, weaknesses and areas to be improved upon as well as opportunities available for improved service delivery, sustained capacity development and stability in the nation’s transmission network.

“TCN said it would continue to work assiduously, to further expand its grid capacity so as to ensure that it continues to surpass the generation curve. Although the grid stability is presently impaired, due to lack of adequate generation, TCN would continue to work at averting the collapse of the system,” the statement added.

The Company reiterated that that these three specific short term projects were identified as “quick win” projects that should be completed with the least amount of money and yet have maximum impact on the transmission network. These quick win projects would be given highest priority attention in order to improve the network and increase return on investment.

Mbah noted that another important decision of the meeting was the urgent need to empower the regions, increase their autonomy and set Key Performance Indicators (KPI) through which they can be monitored and held accountable.

She added that the company resolved to adopt a change management process would also be instituted to address staff attitude to work, remove bottlenecks in TCNs payment process, identify and close skill gaps through staff training with emphasis on-the-job training.

The retreat was attended by all top management staff (Nigerian counterparts) of the company, from the headquarters and regional offices nationwide.

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