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TCN increases transformer capacity in Asaba substation to boost power supply

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According to her, the new Asaba 300MVA 330/132/33kV capacity power transformer replaces a disused 150MVA 330/132/33kV Siemens brand transformer, inaugurated by the Nigerian National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) on Feb. 15, 2015.

She said: “From 2015 to Sept. 3, 2019, the 150MVA transformer tripped on two major faults, necessitating the invitation of experts on two occasions by Akay Nig. Ltd (NIPP Contractor) to effect repairs before restoration.

“Another 150MVA Siemens brand transformer was brought into the substation in 2016 and put on plinth, but was also discovered to be faulty. The contractor then moved the transformer to GTI Workshop in Ikorodu, Lagos for repairs.”

Mbah said before the newly energised 300MVA power transformer was installed, TCN temporarily fed the Asaba Transmission Substation through the Onitsha-Asaba 330kV transmission lines connected to the Onitsha – GCM 132/33kV transmission line.

She said that this restricted maximum load transmission on Onitisha – Asaba transmission line.

Mbah said: “With the commissioning of the new 300MVA power transformer, TCN now has available 240MW bulk electricity available in Asaba TS.

“That will enable Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) distribute more stable and longer hours of electricity to its customers in Asaba Metropolis, Ogwashiukwu, Ibuzor, Agbor, and other towns in Delta North Senatorial Zone.”

She also disclosed that TCN already was planning to utilise the extra plinth for an additional 150MVA power transformer in the substation as it plans to further expand the capacity of the substation in line with its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Program (TREP).

Mbah said TCN was committed to implementing the incremental power policy of the Federal Government by consistently investing in capacity expansion initiatives, evidenced by several completed and ongoing projects in the transmission network nationwide.

Edited by: Oluwole Sogunle

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