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TCN calls out DisCos for losing 5 power transformers worth N3.6bn

Posted: March 7, 2019 at 1:09 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Imagine Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, losing five power transformers worth N3.615 billion due to poor protection systems on the networks of the Distribution Companies (DisCos). This actually happened in TCN Transmission Substations in Abuja in Abuja Region, Benin in Benin Region as well as Onitsha in Enugu Region.

That was the submission of the TCN’s Managing Director, Mr Mohammed, who briefed pressmen at Abuja’s Karu substation where he and some management team inspected on going repairs of a failed 60MVA transformer by TCN engineers.

“Most of our transformers are supplying customers directly without any form of protection between our equipment and that of the DisCos. So if there is a fault on their side, it hits our transformers directly, Mohammed said.

“Out of the 731 interfaces TCN has with the DisCos, only 421 are protected, the rest do not have full protection. Those places that do not have full protection are the areas where we are losing our transformers”.

“To build this 60MVA transformer, to import it and install it cost about $2 million (about N723m) and when you lose $2m, you know what it means. So we don’t want this to continue”, the TCN MD appealed.

Mr Mohammed called for regulatory policy and action to compel the DisCos to make massive investments that will stabilise their networks. It would be recalled that TCN in the last two years lost five power transformers ie two each in Abuja and Benin Regions, while one was lost in Onitsha in Enugu Region.

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