The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is set to acquire helicopters for fault detection across its transmission line network in the country, TCN’s Managing Director, Mr Usman Mohammed has said.

Mohammed disclosed this on Wednesday on the sidelines of the ongoing three-day International Conference on Energy, Power Systems Operations and Planning, ICEPSOP 2020, in Abuja.

TNC’s MD disclosed that the company has about four helicopters that have been lying idle for over 15 years, adding that the TCN has decided to sell them to acquire modern ones.

“We have advertised them and we have done the evaluation.

“We are going to forward the evaluation to the appropriate authority for approval and once it is approved, we are going to buy other helicopters that will solve our problem.

“There are modern helicopters with fitted gadgets that will help us to identify faults on the lines,‘’ he said.

Speaking further, Mohammed said the power industry was also trying to focus on research to solve the challenges in the sector. “We have a lot of challenges and there is no difference between researches that are taking place in our universities and the industries.

“We are now trying to focus our researches to the power industry, which means that we are going to support researches so that they can analyse and help us in solving our power problems,‘’ he said.

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