The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Sunday said it has acquired 15 new transformers which have been delivered at the Apapa Port in Lagos for various power substation projects.
In a statement, the General Manager, Public Affairs at TCN, Ndidi Mbah, said there are 10 units of 60MVA 132/33 kilovolts (kV) transformers and five units of 150MVA 330/132kV capacity transformers.
They have all been delivered to the TCN Central Store in Ojo in Lagos for onward delivery to various TCN project sites nationwide.
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Commenting on the milestone, the acting Managing Director of TCN, Engr Sule Abdulaziz, said the contract for the supply of the transformers under the Nigerian Electricity Transmission Project (NETAP) was funded by the World Bank.
However, TCN would decide on the project site where the transformers will be installed.
Abdulaziz said on installation and connection to the national power grid, the 10 units of 60MVA 132/33kV power transformers will add 637 megawatts (MW) capacity while the five units of 150MVA 330/132kV transformers will add another 850MW to the transmission network.
These will increase the total capacity of the transmission system by 1,487MW while ensuring N-1 reliability criteria in the substations, which is strategic in enhancing grid stability, the TCN head said.
Eng. Abdulaziz noted that in August 2021, the World Bank-funded 10 units of 60MVA transformer supply contracts and 25 earthing transformers.
Out of these, five were installed in Karu and Gombe substations; two are being installed in Kano and one in Lagos.
He said, “This is the first time in the history of TCN that it took delivery of large numbers of transformers within a short period.
“These are milestone achievements for TCN, as it strives to implement its short-term development plan under the Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme (NEGMERP).
“The World Bank-sponsored NETAP project is only one of the TCN donor-funded projects aimed at expanding the transmission grid, while also prioritising maintenance of the existing transmission infrastructures.”