FCT Set to Experience More Power Supply as FG Commissions 100MVA Katampe Transformer
Gwarinpa, Maitama, Life Camp, Jabi, Kado, Mpape, Gudu, Asokoro, Katampe 1/2, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport and several other settlements in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) are expected to experience remarkable improvement in electricity supply as Federal Government on Monday commissioned the newly completed 1 x100MVA, 132/33kV Katampe Transmission Substation located at Katampe along the Kubwa Expressway in Abuja.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, who was represented by the Minister of State 11, Hon. Suleiman Hassan Zarma, at the ceremony said another milestone has been achieved with the installation of additional 1x100MVA transformer at Katampe. With the development, he said the capacity has been raised to 220MVA.
Fashola said: “with the commissioning of the new transformer, Gwarimpa, Maitama, Mpape, Katampe, 1 and 11, Mabushi, Garki and Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport are expected to experience remarkable supply of power supply.
“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 reliabilitty criterion at both Katampe and Apo substations.
“The installation of the100MVA transformer at Katampe will also increase the total wheeling capacity of TCN, which was last simulated in December to slightly above 7,000MW.”
He explained that TCN is also implementing the Abuja Transmission Scheme (ATS) financed by Agence Francaise De Development (AFD), adding that the procurement process for the projects under the scheme has reached an advanced stage.
The minister expressed appreciation on collaboration between the Federal Government and Japan, under which capacitor banks is worth over $10 million which is being installed at Apo and Keffi substations, adding: “The Capacitor bank in Apo, rated 22.5MV is currently 80 percent.”
The same collaboration, he said is expected to also completely rehabilitate Apapa, Akangba, Isolo and Ikeja West substations in Lagos.
In his opening remarks, the newly re-appointed Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr. Usman Mohammed, said the substation was originally commissioned in 2003 with the initial installed capacity of 2x60MVA at 132 KV level and in 2004, it was upgraded with 2x150MVA at Apo substations.
According to the MD, the transformer would increase the station’s transmission capacity at Katampe 132KV level, from 120MVA to 290MVA.
He said this would enable TCN wheel more bulk electricity to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, adding that with this development, TCN has satisfied the redundancy requirement, in line with N-1 reliability criterion, both at Katampe and Apo stations.
The Project Coordinator, MBH Power, Mr. Rakesh Mahapatra, said the project covers the supply and installation of substation essential power equipment under Lot 2 projects including the 1x100MVA power transformer in Katampe, which is expected to increase station’s capacity by 48MW.
He added that the project was awarded to MBH Power limited at the cost of N59,681,560.00 and was supervised by Oska-Jo and Partners.