The Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr Usman Gur Mohammed is said to have gotten the sum of $1.57 billion (about N565.2bn) funding from international financiers for its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme (TREP) to achieve 20,000 megawatts (MW) in the next four years.
Mohammed said this on Tuesday at a workshop in Abuja, an initial process for TCN’s acquisition of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) and Energy Management System (EMS).
He said TREP was launched to reposition TCN and that $1.57bn funding was raised from the World Bank, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), African Development Bank (AfDB) among others.
He listed key achievements of TCN to include the launch of a 20 year Masterplan for TCN, submitting audit report for 2012 to 2016 to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), and reaching stable frequency of 49.5 Hertz (Hz) and 50.5Hz, not attained in 20 years.
Mohammed also noted that the transmission wheeling capacity had risen to 7,124MW from the 5,000MW it was before he assumed office.
He said TCN had standardised its procurement process as incompetent contractors had abandoned 800 container shipments of transmission equipment for about 15 years at the ports.
He said, “We have recovered 655 out of over 800 containers stranded in Nigeria port; some of the containers were in the ports for over 15 years, while others had been auctioned.”
On the SCADA and EMS technologies, Mohammed said two attempts by previous administrations failed but he raised a committee in 2017 to review the process and engaged EDF of France which raised a feasibility report on their installation and is being reviewed at the two day workshop.
“We must have a functional SCADA because TCN is a leading firm at the West African Power Pool (WAPP) and WAPP is moving to have a SCADA, we cannot be left behind,” he said.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Power, Engr. Louis Edozien said the TREP will raise the grid to 10,000MW by 2019 and expected 15,000MW by 2020.
He said with the installation of SCADA and the EMS, the sector activities will be transparent and monitored by operators of distribution, generation firms and other stakeholders, including online real-time fault detection and clearance.