By Prince Okafor
AMIDST report of inadequate power supply witnessed across the country, the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, said it has successfully completed the installation and commissioning of power transformers in Bornu and Gombe States respectively.
This is in line with the company’s efforts to mitigate the prevalence of low transmission of electricity in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
According to TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs. Seun Olagunju, “We have energized a 40 (Mega Volt Amp) MVA 132/33kV mobile power transformer at the Damboa Transmission Substation in Bornu State and a 30MVA, 132/33kV power transformer in Gombe State Transmission Substation.”
She said that the Damboa Substation, previously a 60MVA 132/33kV capacity transmission station with fully equipped control room and staff quarters was completely destroyed by Boko Haram insurgents on the 4th of July, 2014.
“As a result of the incident, bulk power transmission to Damboa and environs reduced by 60MVA. Notwithstanding the volatile nature of the area however, TCN initiated the process for procurement and installation of a 40MVA 132/33kV mobile power transformer, in an attempt to bridge the shortfall in bulk electricity transmission to distribution load centres that supply the electricity to Damboa and environs.”
Similarly, Olagunju noted that the installation of a 30MVA, 132/33kV power transformer in Gombe was in response to the continued increase in load demand from the distribution company supplying electricity to the state capital and its environs, adding that, “This necessitated an increase in transformer capacity to relieve existing transformers in the substation.
“The newly installed 30MVA 132/33kV power transformer which was moved to Gombe 132kV Substation from Yola Transmission Station increased the station’s capacity from 105MVA to 135MVA. The increase in capacity positively impacted power supply to distribution load centers in Gombe and its environs.”
She stated that, in the same vein, TCN had also successfully installed two 66MVA 132/33kV power transformers in its Katampe and Alagbon Transmission Stations in Abuja and Lagos respectively, increasing bulk load wheeling capacity of Katampe transmission sub-station at 132kV voltage level, from 120MVA to 126MVA and Alagbon Substation capacity to 312MVA on 132kV voltage level.
“The transformer capacity in Damboa Transmission Substation was also increased by 40MVA with the installation of a 40MVA, 132/33kV mobile power transformer which was energized May 7th, 2017.
“The entire transformers installation processes including civil works, were carried out wholly by TCN in-house engineers.
The transformers are all fully loaded and efficiently wheeling power to various distribution load centers within the country.
“TCN reiterates its commitment to continue to expand its transmission capacity to ensure that it continues to stay above the generation curve while efficiently moving bulk electricity from generation companies to distribution load centers nationwide,” she added.