Okechukwu Nnodim, Abuja
The Transmission Company of Nigeria says it has increased its power evacuation capacity through the installation of two 100 Mega Volt Amps transformers in different transmission substations.
According to the TCN, the transformers, which were installed by MBH Power Limited at the Katampe and Apo transmission substations in the Federal Capital Territory, would lead to improvement in power supply in Abuja and neighbouring states.
Speaking at the recent inauguration of one of the 100MVA equipment in Abuja, the Head of Projects, MBH Power, Rakesh Mahapatra, said the transmission expansion initiative was funded by the World Bank, adding that seven more transformers were also being installed under the scheme.
He said, “This project is funded by the World Bank under the Project Management Unit of the TCN and we have a 100MVA transformer right here in Katampe, which has successfully increased the capacity of this substation.
“We have installed another 100MVA transformer in Apo. Furthermore, it might interest you to know that under this same project, we are installing seven more transformers, out of which four have been inaugurated.”
The Managing Director, TCN, Usman Mohammed, described it as a milestone for the transmission company and stated that the Katempe substation had been upgraded through the installation of the 100MVA transformer.
He said, “I am delighted to welcome you to the TCN’s Katampe substation as we mark yet another milestone with the commissioning of the 1x100MVA, 330/132kV power transformer, which has just been installed in the substation. TCN has similarly installed 1X100MVA at the Apo substation.
“The Katampe 330/132/33kV substation was inaugurated in 2003, with initial installed capacity of 2x60MVA at 132kV level, and in 2004 it was upgraded with 2x150MVA at 330kV level. The Katampe substation can be described as a transmission hub because several 132/33kV substations take their supply from the substation.”
Mohammed said the 100MVA transformer that was just installed at the facility would increase the station’s transmission capacity at Katempe 132kV level from 120MVA to 220MVA.
He noted that the transformer capacity of Apo substation had also been increased to 290MVA.
These developments, according to the TCN boss, will enable the company to wheel more bulk electricity to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company for onward delivery to consumers in the FCT and four other states in Nigeria.
He said, “With this development, the TCN has satisfied the redundancy requirement in line with N-1 reliability criterion at both Katampe and Apo substations. The contractor for this project, Messrs MBH Power Limited, did a marvellous job; it adhered to the TCN new concept of speedy project delivery.
“It complied with our delivery schedule just as it did for Keffi and Apo substations. Much similar to the cases of Apo, Keffi, Suleja and, indeed, several other substations’ upgrade across the country; this is one of the Nigeria Electricity and Gas Improvement Projects financed by the World Bank.”
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