The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says its on-going five year expansion programme, designed at expanding electricity transmission capacity to 11,500 Mega Watts (MW) by 2019 will require 7.5 billion dollars, part of which the Federal Government is to contribute 1.5 billion dollars. The Managing Director of TCN, Mr Abubakar Atiku, said this at a news conference in Abuja on Monday. He said part of the strategic plan was to boost its transmission capability to 8,200MW by the end of 2018, to ensure steady power supply.
This he said, would be realised by completing eight of its new projects in 2018. He said that the ultimate expansion programme was designed to ensure the completion of 59 projects by 2019 in line with the envisaged Federal Government’s realisation of 10,000MW.
Atiku said that the completion of the projects would eventually lead to a total transmission capacity of 11,500MW.
He explained that the five-year plan had also been carefully developed with the overall aim of realising an uninterrupted power supply with the realisation of 20,000MW by 2022.
Given the breakdown of the measures envisaged to source the fund, Atiku said it was expected to receive concessionary loans and grant of 3.4billion dollars from TCN’s support international finance agencies.
He said the Federal Government was expected to contribute 1.5 billion dollars, while the financing initiatives of TCN were expected to contribute 2.6 billion dollars in realisation of the project.
Atiku said that to key in to the incremental power plan of FG, TCN had planned to realise the completion of 22 critical projects captured in the 2016 Budget.
He said that TCN had increased its present transmission capacity from 5,500MW to 6,00MW, adding that efforts were on to increase the wheeling capacity to 7,500MW with the completion of 31 projects by 2017.
He said that TCN had restored unavailable service equipment to boost and strengthen the national grid.
According to him, with the restoration of critical equipment hitherto neglected by the previous management, the transmission system has been relatively stable with zero system collapse.
The MD said that TCN was focused at ensuring that no power was left stranded in the generating stations, adding that efforts were being intensified to ensure stability of the national grid.
He said this was being archived through the introduction of changes in TCN’s operational ways of conducting business.
Culled from VANGUARD NEWSPAPER