18 April 2018, Sweetcrude, Abuja – Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, Mr. Mohammed Gur-Usman, has revealed plans for an upgrade of the Apapa power sub-station in Lagos from 90 megawatts, MW, to 160MW.
He also said plans were on for the rehabilitation of Akangba sub-station also in Lagos.
Gur-Usman said the Japanese International Cooperation Agency, JICA, was supporting both projects under a collaboration between the Nigerian and Japanese governments to improve electricity supply in the country.
According to him, negotiations were on-going with JICA to also rehabilitate Isolo, Ojo and Ikeja West subs-stations, all in Lagos.
“JICA is supporting us with a loan that will help us increase transmission capacity between Lagos and Ogun States to more than 1,000MW,” Gur-Usman said at the commissioning of the a 60MVAR Capacitor Bank at the Apo 132/33Kv substation in Abuja.
The chief representative of JICA at the Nigerian Office, Mr. Katsutoshi Komori, said JICA was working in the areas of infrastructure development in Nigeria.
He said improving infrastructure like power was one of the priority areas of JICA programmes to enhance Nigeria’s potential economic growth.
He explained that the provision of the capacitor was to mitigate the suffering of consumers from voltage loss and load shedding due to increasing population and distance from power infrastructure.
According to him, the project will help stabilise power supply in the region to approximately 7,000 households.