The managing director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Mohammed, has revealed that the company has begun the execution of a $170 million power transmission project called the Abuja Feeding Scheme.
Mohammed said TCN targets to build five new transmission substations under this programme, which will be built over a period of 24 months.
He explained that the scheme comprises two 330kV substations and three 132kV substations, and will take care of power supply challenges in the city.
“This Abuja transmission scheme is to solve the transmission problem in Abuja at least in the next 20 years.
Currently, Abuja has only two 330kV substations and we are putting additional two; it has five 132kV substations, we are adding three,” said Mohammed.
He further noted that TCN has continued to expand the national grid with new projects as well as the completion of existing projects.
Correcting voltage instability
In related news, TCN recently procured three reactors, which have been deployed to Ikot Ekpene, Jos and Apir Transmission Substations for installation.
The reactors are to help correct the voltage problem along the 330kV Ikot Ekpene- Ugwuaji-Makurdi- Jos Transmission Line axis.
In a statement, the company explained that the company explained that the 330kV line had been exposed to constant voltage instability up to 360kV at the Ikot Ekpene, Makurdi and Ugwaji end of the transmission line route, due mainly to lack of reactors.
TCN procured three new reactors that would be installed in the Ikot Ekpene, Jos and Apir Substations and once they are commissioned, the reactors would serve to substantially stabilise high voltage along that transmission line route.