Nigeria to realise uninterrupted power supply by 2022 – TCN

…Requires $7.5bn to transmit 11,500MW of electricity by 2019

*Power transmission lines.

*Power transmission lines.

Oscarline Onwuemenyi
23 August 2016, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said it has concluded plans to ensure that Nigerians enjoy uninterrupted power supply by the year 20122.

It also said its on-going five year expansion programme, designed at expanding electricity transmission capacity to 11,500 Megawatts by 2019 will require $7.5 billion.

The Managing Director of TCN, Mr. Abubakar Atiku, who said this at a news conference in Abuja on Monday, noted that part of the strategic plan aimed at ensuring steady power supply, was to boost its transmission capability to 8,200MW by the end of 2018.

He said that it would be realised by completing eight of its new projects in 2018.

He explained that the five-year plan had also been carefully developed with the overall aim of realising an uninterrupted power supply with the realisation of 20,000MW by 2022.

According to him, the ultimate expansion programme was designed to ensure the completion of 59 projects by 2019 in line with the envisaged Federal Government’s realisation of 10,000MW.

Atiku said that the completion of the projects would eventually lead to a total transmission capacity of 11,500MW.

Giving the breakdown of the measures envisaged to source the fund, Atiku said the project was expected to receive concessionary loans and grant of $3.4 billion from TCN’s support international finance agencies.

He said the Federal Government was expected to contribute $1.5 billion while the financing initiatives of TCN were expected to contribute $2.6 billion in realisation of the project.

Atiku said that to key into the incremental power plan of the Federal government, TCN planned to realise the completion of 22 critical projects captured in the 2016 Budget.

He noted that TCN increased its present transmission capacity from 5,500MW to 6,00MW, adding that efforts were on to increase the wheeling capacity to 7,500MW with the completion of 31 projects by 2017, adding that the Company restored unavailable service equipment to boost and strengthen the national grid.

According to him, with the restoration of critical equipment hitherto neglected by the previous management, the transmission system has been relatively stable with zero system collapse.

The MD further stated that TCN was focused at ensuring that no power was left stranded in the generating stations, adding that efforts were being intensified to ensure stability of the national grid.

He said this was being archived through the introduction of changes in TCN’s operational ways of conducting business.

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