TCN transmits 30,936MW in 11 days

September 14th, 2018

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), on Thursday, said it transmitted 30,936 megawatts (MW) within 11 days in September.

The daily statistics of TCN’s operations obtained from Nigerian Electricity System Operator, a section of the TCN, indicated that 30,936mw was generated from Sept. 2 to Sept. 12.

The daily power generated within the period was in tranches of 3,101mw, 2, 987.93mw, 2, 982.69mw, 3, 204.8mw and 2, 915.9mw.

Others are: 2, 944.4mw, 3, 050mw, 2, 943.5mw, 2, 943.1mw, 3, 017.2mw, and 3, 570.6 respectively, all transmitted to 11 distribution companies (Discos).

While TCN transmitted 99, 781.9mw in August, its national peak demand forecast stood at 19,100.00mw, with installed capacity of 11, 165.40mw and that 7, 139.60mw was the available capacity.

It added that the current transmission capacity stood at 7, 000 mw with network operational capacity of 5,500.00mw.

According to TCN, the peak generation ever attained in the country is 5, 222.3mw, while the maximum energy ever attained stands at 109, 372.01mw.

However, an expert in the Nigeria’s power sector, Mr Simon Oderinde, has charged Discos to be effective in every responsibility bestowed on them for the power sector to thrive.

Oderinde, the Managing Partner, Pacific Solar Technologies Ltd, told NAN that the power sector value chain was financed by bill settlement from consumers while the Discos interfaced with the consumers.

For efficiency in the sector, he listed metering, tariff and decayed infrastructure as three issues that must be addressed by stakeholders in the sector.

On metering, he said consumers must be adequately metered to reduce apathy.

“Compelling cases for cost reflective tariff has been made by many and there is just no point debating this.

“The sector requires huge investment and without clear and unambiguous means of recovering the investment, appropriate investment would continue to suffer,” Oderinde added.

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