The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has taken delivery of fifteen (15) number brand new power transformers from the Apapa port, Lagos, recently.
The transformers comprise ten (10) number 60MVA 132/33kV and five (5) number 150MVA 330/132kV capacity transformers delivered to TCN Central Store in Ojo, Lagos State, for onward delivery to various TCN project sites nationwide.
According to Engr. Dr. Sule Abdulaziz, the Acting MD/CEO, TCN, the contract for the supply of the power transformers under the Nigerian Electricity Transmission Project (NETAP) was funded by the World Bank, however, TCN decides on the project site the transformers will be installed.
He informed that on installation and connection to the grid, the 10 number 60MVA 132/33kV power transformers and the five (5) 150MVA 330/132kV transformers will add 637MW and 850MW respectively to the transmission network, consequently increasing the total capacity of the transmission system by 1487MW while ensuring N-1 reliability criteria in the substations, which is strategic in enhancing grid stability.
Engr. Abdulaziz noted that earlier in August last year, the World Bank also funded power transformer supply contracts which brought in ten (10) number 60MVA132/33kV transformers and twenty-five (25 number) earthing transformers.
Out of the ten (10) 60MVA transformers, five (5) were installed in Karu and Gombe Substations, two (2No) are currently being installed in Kano, and one in Lagos State.
“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 prioritizing maintenance of the existing transmission infrastructures” he said.
TCN is equally executing several projects funded by the Agence Français de Développement (AFD).