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FG Receives 20-Year Energy Masterplan, Commends TCN for being Forward looking & Strategic

Posted: January 30, 2018 at 8:57 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Maxwell Ogbodo and Raph Kesiena

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN, Tuesday received the final report of the 20-year Transmission Expansion Masterplan carried out by Fichtner GmbH Consultancy Group of Germany for Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN.

Receiving the report on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, at the Power House in Abuja, the minister showered praises on the management of TCN under UG Mohammed for embarking on the study, describing it as rigorous and thorough report that will advance the achievement of government’s policy on incremental power supply and ultimately un-interrupted power supply.

The report is a detailed forecast on power demand growth and the necessary power transmission infrastructure that would service the power demand from 2015 to 2035. It also discusses generation and distribution requirements, tariffs, investments, customer and environmental issues that would be complementary.

Fashola said: “TCN is the critical anchor between power producers and distributors. The president has given the ministry mandate to improve its capacity and deliver quality service to Nigerians and that mandate is being followed by policy approvals, fast recovery programme, the N701billion payment assurance, the grid expansion programme and budgetary commitment.

“As at yesterday, we have been able to recover 500 containers containing equipment belonging to TCN for transmission expansion that have been lying at the ports before this administration. The containers have been taken to their various locations where work has commenced.”

According to him, the 20 year transmission expansion master plan is a detailed analysis of how this will be achieved, stressing that it is a detail reference material for planning and projection, which the ministry is proud of.

The minister directed that the master plan should be uploaded on the websites of the ministry and TCN as well as published in book form for more accessibility by other stakeholders for further review and critique.

The Interim Managing Director of TCN, Mr Usman Gur Mohammed gave a run down of how the study was necessitated and executed with the objective to guide the present and future developments of TCN and the Power Sector at large. He stated that this 20 -year plan was conceived after the delivery of the National Load Demand Study by Tractebel in 2009.

Mr Usman Mohammed commended the consultants from Fichtner as well as the TCN team led by Engr Abba Shehu and Engr Ganiyu who worked with the foreign consultants for the master plan.

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