By Obas Esiedesa
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Monday disclosed that for the first time in Nigeria’s power transmission history, the National Grid successfully transmitted a new generation peak of 5,375 megawatts.
TCN in a statement signed by its General Manager (Public Affairs), Ndidi Mbah, TCN said the new mark was attained on Thursday, 7th February 2019 at 21.00hours.
Recall that the last peak generation of 5,224 MW which was also successfully transmitted by TCN, was attained on 18th December, 2017. This has now been surpassed by the new peak of 5,375MW.
Mrs. Mbah in the statement explained that the current capacity of power generation companies nationwide is 7,450MW which is expected to significantly increase with the expected recovery of all the generators at Egbin Power by Sahara Energy.
The capacity of transmission based on the simulation of December 2018 is 8,100MW, she stated.
“Since the last simulation several transformers have been added to transmission. With the new combined peak, distribution companies have also increased capacity. However, more work is needed on the Distribution capacities for the sector to fully stabilize”.
Mbah noted that TCN has continued to upgrade critical transmission infrastructure nationwide with the commissioning of over 40 power transformers and lines in the last two years, building of seven brand new substations.
She said the company is “diligently pursuing its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme which is encapsulated in its 20-year transmission Expansion Plan. As at date, TCN’s wheeling capacity had increased from 5,000 in 2016 to 7,124MW in 2017 and 8100MW in 2018,” she added.