The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has asked transmission substations in Nigeria to adopt a regular maintenance culture of their equipment.
The Minister who said this at the inauguration of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN)’s 60MVA Mobile Transformers at Ajah 330/132/33kv transmission substation in Lagos said that lack of maintenance culture had resulted in the shutting down of many TCN substations in the country without readily available parts for replacement for the faulty or damaged equipment.
“We need to know the regular part that frequently breaks down so that we can make provision for it. Go into your records, and let us know the parts that damage frequently or once in six months, what damage that needs to be upgraded.
“All these will help us to plan ahead because they are all mechanical things. We can’t be reacting all the time, we must be proactive, Fashola said.
Speaking further, he urged substations to take an inventory of all the parts that damage regularly, and that they send it to the Ministry to procure spare parts.
“If you cannot plan maintenance, you cannot provide service. Distribution Companies (DISCOs) want power, and it is not good to have our substations shutting down all the time, he said.
Fashola noted that the commissioning of the additional 60MVA mobile transformer in Ajah substation would increase transformer capacity to 280mva, an improvement in the transmission of power supply in the area.
In his remarks, the General Manager, TCN Lagos Region, Geoffrey Nwokoye noted that the additional mobile transformer would improve transmission of power in Alaguntan, Badore, Ibeju, and Lakwe environs, saying that problems associated with transmission in the areas were over.
The Chief Executive Officer, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), Oladele Amoda, said the new transformer would enable the DISCO to serve its numerous consumers in the area better, as it will aid improvement in the evacuation of energy from Generation Companies (GENCOs).