TCN Powers Up Nigeria: New Transformers Combat Electricity Woes

Substation Upgrades Shine, Vandals Cast Shadow on Progress

by Adenike Adeodun

In a significant move to bolster Nigeria’s electricity infrastructure, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has recently commissioned new power transformers at four substations, promising an enhanced performance and distribution of electricity across various regions. These upgrades represent a vital step towards addressing the persistent issue of power shortages and are expected to substantially increase the available bulk power for Kano and Kaduna DisCos, ultimately benefiting consumers in areas including Karaye, Falgore, Ikara, and several others.

Among the noteworthy upgrades, the Dangora 132/33kV transmission substation received a 63MVA mobile transformer, augmenting its capacity by 50MW. Similarly, the Port Harcourt Main Transmission Substation saw the commissioning of a 100/125MVA power transformer, increasing its capacity by 80MW. This enhancement is complemented by the rehabilitation and expansion of the 132kV switchyard, including the installation of three additional outgoing feeders.

Further boosting the TCN’s capacity, a new 150MVA power transformer at the 330/132/33kV Jos Transmission Substation has added 120MW, while the commissioning of a new 60MVA power transformer at the 132/33kV Potiskum Transmission Substation in Gombe has replaced a 30MVA transformer, adding an additional 48MW. These upgrades are pivotal in increasing the electricity distribution capacity to consumers in various states, enhancing the overall efficiency and reliability of the power supply.

However, this progress is marred by recurring challenges posed by vandalism. TCN has reported its fifth attack on electricity infrastructure since February, with the most recent incident involving the vandalization of the Shiroro-Katampe 330kV transmission line. The damage inflicted by vandals has not only jeopardized the stability of the power supply but also highlighted the urgent need for enhanced security measures to protect critical infrastructure. The series of vandalism incidents recorded, including the destruction of transmission towers, underscores a growing concern over the safeguarding of the nation’s power assets.

This juxtaposition of significant upgrades against the backdrop of persistent vandalism attacks paints a complex picture of Nigeria’s journey towards stable electricity supply. On one hand, the TCN’s efforts to enhance the capacity and efficiency of substations across the country are commendable and crucial for economic growth and development. On the other hand, the threat of vandalism poses a significant barrier to these advancements, necessitating a concerted effort from all stakeholders to address this menace.

The situation calls for a multifaceted approach, including the deployment of advanced security technologies, community engagement to foster protection of public utilities, and stringent legal measures against perpetrators. Protecting the nation’s electricity infrastructure is not only about securing assets but also about ensuring the sustainability of Nigeria’s development trajectory.

As Nigeria continues to navigate these challenges, the role of electricity in catalyzing economic activities and improving the quality of life for its citizens cannot be overstated. The TCN’s ongoing efforts to upgrade substations, coupled with initiatives to curb vandalism, are critical steps towards achieving a reliable and efficient electricity supply system. This endeavor not only requires technical and financial investment by the government and private sector but also a collective societal commitment to safeguarding and valuing the nation’s infrastructure for the betterment of all.

Source: ESI Africa

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