BY ONYEKA AJUMOBI ONOCHIE
The Transmission Company of Nigeria has announced that the National Grid has successfully transmitted a new generation peak of 5,375MW on Thursday, 7th February, 2019, at 21.00hrs. This is the first time that the nation’s power grid had generated, transmitted and distributed this quantum of power which is clearly an evidence of the success of this administration’s policy on incremental power, says Ndidi Mbah, TCN’s General Manager (Public Affairs).
In a statement on Monday, Mrs. Mbah said the last peak generation of 5,224 MW which was also successfully transmitted by TCN, was attained on 18th December, 2017, which has now been surpassed by the new peak of 5,375MW.
According to her, the current capacity of generation companies nationwide is 7,450MW which is expected to significantly increase with the expected recovery of all the generators at Egbin by the management of Sahara Energy.
She stressed, “The capacity of transmission based on the simulation of December, 2018 is 8,100MW. Since the last simulation, several transformers have been added to transmission. And 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.”
She noted that TCN, on its own, 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; diligent pursuit of 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 5,000MW in 2016 to 7,124MW in 2017 and 8,100MW in 2018,” she said, adding that “unlike in the past, TCN is not only focusing on grid expansion but also on the quality of the power.
“In that respect, TCN achieved frequency control of between 49.50Hz and 50.50Hz between May, 2017 and November, 2018, which had not been achieved in the history of Nigeria for the past 20 years. From December to date, TCN equally achieved the best frequency control of between 49.75Hz and 50.25Hz for 85% of the time which is the best ever witnessed in the history of the Nigerian power sector.”