By Obas Esiedesa
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Thursday disclosed that it has procured three reactors, which have been deployed to Ikot Ekpene, Jos and Apir Transmission Substations for installation.
The reactors are to help correct the voltage problem along the 330kV Ikot Ekpene- Ugwuaji-Makurdi- Jos Transmission Line axis, a statement signed by the General Manager, (Public Affairs) Ndidi Mbah said.
Mrs. Mbah explained that the 330kV line had been exposed to constant voltage instability up to 360kV at the Ikot Ekpene, Makurdi and Ugwaji end of the transmission line route, due mainly to lack of reactors.
According to her, TCN procured three new reactors that would be installed in the Ikot Ekpene, Jos and Apir Substations and “once they are commissioned, the reactors would serve to substantially stabilize high voltage along that transmission line route. Two of new reactors are already in Jos and Apir (Makurdi) substations, while the third one is on its way to Ikot-Ekpene”.
TCN noted that the 330kV transmission line however has other design errors which includes lack of transposition of the 330kV lines and lack of fiber optic on the Ugwuaji –Makurdi part of the transmission line, which is necessary for effective SCADA operations. The company is however committed to attending to the problems in line with its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Plan, to ensure that voltage issue on the 330kV line is permanently solved.