FG to increase TCN wheeling capacity by 1000 megawatts

Mr Abubakar Aliyu

Mr Abubakar Aliyu, Minister of Power

By Constance Athekame

The Federal Government is set to increase the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) wheeling capacity by over 1000 Megawatts to boost the electricity supply.

Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu, the Minister of Power, said this while inspecting the ”Abuja Ring Project” being executed by TCN on Friday in Abuja.

He said that the projects which are six in number were made up of lines and substations, adding that when completed it will increase TCN’s willing capacity by over 1000 Megawatts (MW).

”The project is about six and they are over 90 percent completed and hope to be completed Nov, Dec, the contractor is chasing the completion date and when completed it will increase power supply in Abuja and environ.

”This project is funded by a loan of 170 million dollars from the French Development Agency (AFD) and started by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration in 2018 in the quest to increase the capacity of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI), ”he said.

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The minister said that the projects consist of a new substation in Dawaki, Gwarinpa, a New Apo substation, Old Apo existing substation amongst others.

According to him, there has been a 132 Kilo Volt (KV) line exiting from Suleja to Katampe which initially was at Kubwa.
He said the new substation would give Dawaki and environ more electricity as they have been depending on Kubwa.

Meanwhile, he said that a platform had been built at Old Apo Substation to receive a 60 Mega Volt Ampree transformer from the Siemens Power Project and that in a couple of days, it will be installed.

”The new Apo substation is a new one and is receiving a 330 KVA line from Nassarawa to boost supply in Abuja and environ, ” he said.


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