By Obas Esiedesa
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Monday commissioned its 1x1000MVA, 132/33KV power transmission substation in Abuja that would upgrade power supply to the nation’s capital.
The Katampe substation was first commissioned in September 2003 to relieve 132/33kv Apo Transmission station of heavy load demand by the expansion of FCT.
The project was executed at the cost of $2.26 million (N689.3m). The substation now has the capacity to up to 144MW at 132/33KV for local distribution.
Speaking at the commissioning, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola said government was determined to ensure that the 7,000MW of power which generation companies are able to do are distributed to consumers.
Fashola who was represented by the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing II, Mr. Suleiman Hassan, said the project was part of government’s incremental power program.
“As part of the program, another milestone has been achieved here in the capital city of Abuja with the installation of additional 1x100MVA Transformer at Katampe and another of the same capacity at Apo. The capacity of the Katampe 132/33kV substation, prior to this installation, was 120MVA. Therefore, with this installation, the capacity has been raised to 220MVA. Similarly, the Apo 132/33kV substation has been raised from 190MVA to 290MWA”, he said.
He noted that with the commissioning of the two 100MVA, 132/33kV Transformers, the communities listed below are expected to experience remarkable improvement in power supply. Gwarinpa, Life Camp, Jabi, Kado, Wuye, Maitama, Mpape, Katempe 1 and II, Jahi, Mabushi Garki, Gudu, Guzape, Asokoro, Apo Resettlement, Wumba, Apo Mechanic Village and part of Lugbe and Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport all located within the FCT Abuja.
“With this development, TCN has not only established adequate Transformer capacity to serve these parts of Abuja but has also provided the necessary redundancy in line with the requirements of N-1 reliability criterion at both Katampe and Apo substations”, he added.
Speaking earlier, the Managing Director/CEO of TCN, Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed described the Katampe substation as a transmission hub, because several 132/33kV substations take their supply from the substation.
He said the transformer would increase the station’s transmission capacity at Katampe 132kV level, from 120MVA to 220MVA. The transformer capacity of Apo substation has also been increased to 290MVA.