TCN’s 624mw Capacity New Plan to Boost Power Supply in FCT
Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has announced a new plan that would boost electricity transmission network in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by 624 Megawatts.
The new plan, which the company boss, Mr. Sule Abdulaziz, said has been in the making since 2018 is expected on completion to address a 20-year energy demand index in the nation’s capital.
He explained that the project called, Abuja Feeding Scheme, attracted funding support from the French Development Agency (AFD), and would improve power supply to industries, small businesses, support modern agriculture and residential areas of the FCT.
The Abuja Feeding Scheme is a vision that is no longer on paper but has its footprints practically at five major sites within Abuja with key components to be ready this year,” he said in a statement.
A project status report provided by the delegation confirmed that the project would be commissioned by year end, starting from the 132Kv Dawaki Gas Insulated Substation, GIS, near Gwarimpa.
The project comprises a 330kV substation, four 132kV substations and their transmission lines, as well as a 330kV transmission line from Lafia to Abuja.
Upon commencement of operations, the facilities will expand the transmission wheeling capacity in Abuja, such that the Nigerian capital city will not experience power transmission constraints in the next 20 years.
Also, African Development Agency (AFD) officials during an on-the-spot assessment of the projects commended TCN for their prompt execution. The team led by the AFD country director, Mr. Xavia Murou stated that the 2x60MVA 132/33kV Gwarimpa Gas Insulated Substation was well executed.
“We are very impressed with progress made in executing the project because we know it has taken a lot of time to start up, but now, we can see a lot of work going on. Hopefully, very soon, communities will start benefiting from it and that is exactly what we are aiming for.
“Being closer to achievement, it is important for us to make sure that the project continues seamlessly,” he said.
The inspection team also visited the 2x150MVA 132/33kV Lugbe West Main Transmission Substation to assess the level of project execution. There, the equipment for the substation was already on ground and the civil works were progressing.
TCN is also building another 132/33kV substation in Kuje which will have 2x60MVA power transformers along with the transmission line. For another fast-developing district in Abuja, the Lokogoma/Wumba, where developers estimated that over 1,000 homes have sprung up across sprawling estates, the TCN factored power supply to the area into the Abuja Feeding Scheme.