TCN repairs, energises transformers on Kumbotso Substation in Kano State
By Raji Rasak
Lagos, Feb.7, 2019 (NNN) The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Thursday said it had successfully repaired and energised the 150MVA 330/132kv transformer which got burnt five years ago in Kumbotso Transmission Substation in Kano State.
Mrs Ndidi Mbah, the General Manager Public Affairs, TCN, in a statement said this was in line with the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s policy on incremental power.
According to Mbah, this is the first time TCN in-house engineers are successfully undertaking such repair work on a badly burnt 150MVA capacity power transformer and restoring it to service.
“It is also an indication of the growing capacity of its engineers under the present administration.
“The Kumbotso Transmission Substation had four 150MVA power transformers. Five years ago, one of the transformers got burnt and was considered irreparable.
“On Jan.1, a second 150MVA tripped on fault with investigations revealing that its winding coil had spoilt and it had to be moved to a transformer repair factory in Lagos.
“The engineers opened the burnt transformer and removed the yellow, blue and red phases of the burnt diverter switches, replaced them and carried out other works inside the transformer before it was re-energised.
“With the successful repair of the 150MVA power transformer, the capacity of the substation has been restored to three 150MVA power transformers,” she stated.
Mbah said that the company had equally taken delivery a brand new 150MVA power transformer from Lagos Port which was currently in Lokoja en route Kombtso substation.
“TCN plans to install the transformer immediately it gets to the substation.
“The company can now supply normal bulk power to Dakata Transmission substation and Kano distribution load centres, taking supply from this substation to Katsina, Kankia and environs.
“Installation of the new 150MVA will provide the necessary redundancy in the substation,” she said.
The general manager promised that TCN would do everything possible to ensure that it continued to expand the network as well as maintain existing infrastructure in the transmission grid. (NNN)
Edited by Gregory Mmaduakolam/Ejike Obeta
Minister tasks new TCN management on completion of projects
The Minister of Power, Mr Sale Mamman, has charged the new management of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to ensure the timely completion of all substation and transmission projects across the country.
Mamman, in a statement posted on his Twitter Account on Wednesday, said he gave the charge when he received the new Acting Managing Director of TCN, Mr Sule Abdulaziz and his team in his office in Abuja.
He said: “I met with the new management of the TCN today after participating in the virtual Federal Executive Council meeting which President Muhammadu Buhari presided over.
” I have charged them with ensuring all substation and transmission projects are completed within the shortest possible time.
“I have also tasked them with ensuring dedicated, purposeful and selfless leadership at the TCN,” he said.
He assured the team of all the necessary support and cooperation from the ministry of power, adding that he was looking forward to improved electricity transmission across the country.
Recall that Abdulaziz was appointed TCN’s acting Managing Director following Tuesday’s sack of the former Managing Director, Mr Usman Mohammed.
A statement by spokesman of the minister, Mr Aaron Artimas, had said the move was part of continuing measures to reposition and improve the performance of the power sector in the country.
Artimas said the minister also confirmed the appointment of four directors who had been on acting position in the company for some time.
Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN) management
Minister of Power sacks TCN MD, Abdulaziz takes over
The Minister of Power, Mr Mamman Sale, on Tuesday announced the sack of Mr Usman Mohammed, as the Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) with immediate effect.
Sale, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Communications, Mr Aaron Atimas, in Abuja, said it was part of the continued measures to reposition and improve performance of the nation’s power sector.
The minister also announced other major changes at the TCN, including the appointment of Mr Sule Abdulaziz, as his replacement in acting capacity.
Sale also confirmed the appointment of four directors who have been on acting position in the company.
They are: Mr Victor Adewumi as Executive Director, Transmission Services Provider; Mr M Lawal, Executive Director, Independent Systems Operator; Mr Ahmed lsa-Dutse, Executive Director, Finance & Accounts; and Mr Justin Dodo, Executive Director, Human Resources & Corporate Services.
The minister said that all the changes/appointments had been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)
TCN dismisses claim of free electricity to Nigerians
Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has dismissed the claim that Federal Government was providing free electricity to Nigerians as government does not own all sections in the power sector.
The Managing Director of TCN, Mr Usman Mohammed, made this known in an interview in Abuja on Thursday.
“There is also the information that power is going to be free, that is going to affect us because some customers who get this information may not likely pay. The Federal Government cannot make power free because it does not own the power.
“Apart from the transmission (TCN) which is just the transporter of electricity that belongs to the Federal Government, all the other chains are in private hands.
“As at now that the Federal Government is providing subsidy, and that is not coming enough as we still have huge unpaid bills,” he said.
He said that electricity supply services significantly improved in the first 14 days of the lockdown across Lagos, Ogun states and Abuja.
Mohammed said that what the country need to do at this stage was to sustain electricity supply.
“That is what we are doing and in the last two weeks that we have been on lockdown, we have performed very well,” he said.
He lamented that the ongoing lockdown may affect revenue generation for the power sector.
According to the TCN boss, the company has scaled down operations to the extent that only the senior staff are working along with technical staff who run shifts.
He said that TCN was observing all preventive measures on the COVID-19 as directed by National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
Mohammed also commended the Federal Government for steps taken to contain the pandemic and urged Nigerians to abide by all directives of government to save lives.
The TCN boss said that the company in the first three months of 2020 made a lot of successes.
“We installed a 300 Mega Volt Amp (MVA) transformer in less than a month and this has never happened in the history of TCN.
“We also connected the protection system through fibre which we have not done before too.
“During this lockdown period, we also installed seven bulk power transformers across the network all using our TCN engineers,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the House of Representatives is to consider a fresh Stimulus Bill that would allow Nigerians to enjoy electricity supply for two months without any charge.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)
TCN, NNPC collaborate to increase gas supply to electricity industry
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says it has received unprecedented support from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for availability of gas
TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah made this known in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.
Mbah said that TCN was working with the Group Managing Director of NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari and Chief Operating Officer, Gas and Power, Mr Yusuf Usman in resolving the challenge of gas availability to thermal power plants
She said that the support from NNPC had significantly improved gas supply to gas generation stations nationwide.
According to her, most power plants previously experiencing gas supply shortage have started generating power to the Grid
“if the trend continues, the problem of gas supply to power plants will be resolved in a matter of hours .
“Also, Distribution Companies as well as Point Load Consumers of Electricity will be adequately served,” she said.
According to her, the TCN management led by the Managing Director, Mr Usman Mohammed, wishes to express its appreciation to the management of NNPC, Generation Companies and the DisCos.
She said that the appreciation also goes to all TCN staff on their duty posts nationwide and other sector players for their effort in sustaining the Grid during this trying period.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ese E. Ekama
TCN repairs faulty power transformer in Sokoto
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says its engineers have completed repairs on its 60 Mega Volt Amp (MVA) 132/33 kilo Volt (KV) power transformers in Sokoto Transmission Substation.
Mrs Ndidi Mbah, the General Manager Public Affairs, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.
Mbah said that the transformer developed fault on March 18 due to frequent circulation of 33kV feeder fault currents within the transformer, oil filtration.
She said that the transformer would commence operation on Thursday.
According to her, work is also ongoing on one of the 30MVA 132/33kV power transformers in the substation which was shut down by TCN to take care of transformer oil degradation and leakage.
“Consequently, TCN has been unable to supply bulk electricity from the transformers to Kaduna Disco for onward distribution to its customers,
“TCN has not been able to also supply electricity around Sokoto environ who take supply from the faulty transformers in the substation.
“As soon as the oil filtration is completed, the 60MVA power transformer will be energized.
”Work is on-going to urgently seal the oil leakage problem on the 30MVA transformer,” she said.
Mbah said that TCN sincerely regret the inconveniences caused the government and electricity customers in Sokoto State.
It also pledged to expedite ongoing works on the transformers, to ensure normal bulk supply was restored to the substation.
Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Muhammad Suleiman Tola
Low gas supply responsible for power shortage – TCN
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says the nation’s power sector is experiencing power supply shortage due to low gas supply.
A statement on Sunday in Lagos by Ms Ndid Mbah, General Manager, Public Affairs of the company, said the gas shortage has restrained the ability of many thermal power stations to generate optimally.
Mbah said: “The thermal power plants affected by gas supply constraint include; Sapele NIPP, Olorunsogo NIPP, Ihovbor NIPP and Azura Edo power plants which generated zero Megawatts on March 6.
“Other thermal power plants equally affected but generated at lower capacities include Egbin (Steam), Sapele (Steam), Delta (gas), Geregu (gas), Omotosho (gas), Olorusogo (gas), Geregu NIPP, Alaoji NIPP, Omotosho NIPP, Odukpani NIPP, Okpai (Gas/Steam) and Omoku (gas) power generating plants”.
She said as a result of the prevailing gas constraints, there had been significant reduction in the quantum of power transmitted to the various distribution companies for onward supply to electricity consumers in the country.
“TCN, however discussed with the management of some of the affected power plants and many of them attributed their challenges to gas pipeline and processing maintenance being carried out by their gas suppliers.
“According to the management of some of the affected power plants, the maintenance of gas facilities are expected to last for ten days.
“Therefore, it is expected that the gas supply challenges will ease before the end of next week,” Mbah said.
Edited By: Rabiu Sani Ali
TCN attributes power shortage to low gas supply
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), says power supply shortage being experienced in the country is caused by low gas supply.
Mrs Ndidi Mbah, TCN’s
Public Affairs, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.
Mbah said that the gas shortage had restrained the ability of many thermal power stations to generate optimally.
She said that the thermal power plants affected by gas supply constraint included Sapele National Integrated Power Plant (NIPP), Olorunsogo NIPP, Ihovbor NIPP and Azura Edo power plants
According to her, the power plants generated zero Megawatts on Friday.
“Other thermal power plants equally affected but generated at lower capacities include Egbin (Steam) Sapele (Steam) Delta (gas) Geregu (gas) and Omotosho (gas).
“Also affected are Olorusogo (gas) Geregu NIPP, Alaoji NIPP, Omotosho NIPP, Odukpani NIPP, Okpai (Gas/Steam) and Omoku (gas) power generating plants,” she said.
Mbah said that as a result of the prevailing gas constraints, there had been significant reduction in the quantum of power transmitted to various distribution companies for onward supply to electricity consumers across Nigeria.
She said that TCN had, however, discussed with the management of some of the affected power plants.
She also said that many of them attributed their challenges to gas pipeline and processing maintenance being carried out by their gas suppliers.
“”According to the management of some of the affected power plants, the maintenance of gas facilities is expected to last for 10 days.
“It is expected that the gas supply challenges will ease before the end of next week,” she said. .
Nigerians should be prepared to pay more for electricity — TCN boss
Mr Usman Mohammed, Managing Director, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said that consumers should be prepared to pay more for electricity in order to ensure regular power supply in the country.
The TCN boss said this on Friday in Lagos during the Groundbreaking for the Replacement of old wires on the Ikeja West-Alimosho-Ogba-Alausa-Ota Transmission Lines.
According to him, Nigerians have to be prepared to pay more for electricity because there is no relationship between poverty and payment of electricity.
“I want to tell the Nigerian public that we cannot move forward if we do not pay more for electricity.
“There is no relationship between poverty and payment for electricity.
“For the poor, give them electricity and a means of measurement and manage their cost.
“But if we don’t initiate a cost reflective tariff system and the situation continue like this, public funds would continue to sink in the sector in futility,” Muhammed said.
The TCN boss also urged the government to stop subsidizing the power sector in order to move the sector forward.
“We have to be prepared to remove government in the middle, this issue of government guaranteeing everybody won’t work.
“The facts is that contracts are not effective and government cannot continue guaranteeing the Generation Companies (GENCOs) where it already sank over N1.5 trillion.
“The expenses can only be stopped when contracts become effective through cost reflective tarrifs.
“We have to stop this government intervention and we can only stop it when contracts become effective.
“Contracts can only be effective when you have cost-reflective tariffs.
“When contracts are effective, everybody is binded by certain agreements,” he said.
According to him, Nigeria has the cheapest electricity in West Africa and we can’t say we are the poorest.
“Even Burkina Faso is having collection efficiency of 98 per cent, despite their location within the sub region, we therefore have to solve the problem of market issues,” said the TCN boss.
Mohammed said that the issue of load rejection by Discos could also be resolved once bilateral contracts were effective.
Speaking on the cable replacement project, the TCN boss said that the power transmission lines were built many years ago with limitations on the quantity of electricity they were carrying, making the upgrade inevitable.
“So, we are in the process of replacement of old wires on the Ikeja West-Alimosho-Ogba-Alausa-Ota transmission lines.
“Due to the current management quest of improving availability of electricity in the country, there have been series of transformer installations across the country, and there is need for a line that can supply power to all the transformers.
“This installation will increase the current capacity of this station to about two and half capacity compared to the old capacity of 200mw.
“The line to be re-conducted has 664MW capacity of transformer, and the current line has only 200MW of capacity, so the re-conducting would increase the capacity by 2.5 per cent which would upgrade it to 500MW.
“That means all transformers the line Ikeja West is covering between Abeokuta and Lagos will be energised.
“The project would improve power supply to residents under Ikeja Electric network,” he said.
Mohammed said that the timeframe for the reconstruction of the line was six months, adding that re-conducting was also taking place at other locations such as the line from Alagbon transmission to Ikorodu down to Maryland, among others.
The TCN boss said that being the largest TCN Sub Station in Nigeria, there were likely to be outages along the network connected to the transmission line.
Edited By: Wale Ojetimi
IBEDC pleads with customers over TCN-Ayede fire outbreak
The management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has pleaded for understanding and patience of its customers in Ibadan, Ijebu-ode, Sagamu, Iseyin, Ejigbo and parts of Ede, currently experiencing minimal supply of power.
The company’s acting Chief Technical Officer, Mr Felix Abiodun, made the pleal in a statement on Friday.
Abiodun said the poor supply was the aftermath of the TCN-Ayede Sub-station fire incident that happened on Jan. 5.
“The fire destroyed the TCN 150 MVA 330/132/33 kV power transformer that cannot be easily replaced.
“Shortly after the bulk restoration of supply, one of the remaining three transformers (3x150MVA) gave a caution sign, which led to its shut down and eventual oil filtration.
“Few days later, another transformer began tripping spuriously; the cause of this is traced to the effect of the fire and associated heat on the control cables linking the transformers,” he said.
Abiodun said the only way TCN could supply power to IBEDC’s numerous customers was through load shedding and rationing of power supply for now.
He assured the customers that TCN and IBEDC engineers were working round the clock to ensure better supply of power to the affected areas in the shortest possible time.
Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Olagoke Olatoye
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