TCN inaugurates new 1×100 MVA to boost Katampe substation, FCT electricity

The Managing Director of TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed, said the new transformer will enable the transfer of additional bulk electricity to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria has inaugurated a new 1x100Mega Volt Ampere power transformer at the Katampe transmission substation to increase electricity supply to consumers in the FCT.
The Managing Director of TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed, said the new transformer will enable the transfer of additional bulk electricity to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company.
Mohammed said this at the inauguration of the 1x100MVA power transformer at the Katampe substation in Abuja on Monday.
The Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said during the inauguration of the100MVA at Katampe that it would increase the total transmission capacity of TCN, which stood at above 7,000MW in December 2017.
Fashola, represented by the Minister of state Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Zarrna, said some communities in the FCT were expected to experience remarkable improvement in power supply.
He listed the communities to include: Gwarinpa, Life Camp, Jabi, Kado, Wuye, Maitama, Mpape. Others are Katempe, 1 and 11, Jahi, Mabushi,Garki, Gudu,Guzape, Asokoro, and Apo resettlement.
Fashola also said Wumba, Apo mechanic village and some parts of Lugbe and communities within the Airport road would also experience increase in power supply.
Mohammed said the new transformer in Katampe would increase the station’s transmission capacity from 120MVA to 220MVA.
He said: “This 100MVA is a transformer that was actually supposed to be replaced, but given the significant challenge we had in Abuja last year, that is the reason we changed from replacement to adding a new transformer.
“It means that, if one transformer fails the society will not feel it in terms of supply and Abuja DISCO will not lose electricity because one of the transformers failed.
“With this development, TCN has satisfied the redundancy requirement, in line with N-1 reliability criterion, at Katampe substation.”
Mohammed also revealed that TCN had also installed a 1X100MVA at the Apo substations. This, he said, had culminated in a total of 290MW capacity for the Apo substation.
He said: “So any transformer that has challenge will not affect supply at Apo, and this is what we are doing all over the country through the TCN transmission, rehabilitation and expansion programme.”
According to him, similar upgrades have taken place in Keffi, Suleja and other substations across the country. He said the upgrade was being financed by the World Bank.
He said the new TCN management would continue to work hard to support government policy on incremental power, adding that it would commission more transformers in the next three months.
He also said TCN had recently procured high capacity conductors to recover at least additional 2,000 transmission capacity. He added that TCN’s in-house engineers would carry out the re- conducting of the transmission lines.