TCN procures 3 reactors to improve power supply in 4 states
The Transmission Company of Nigeria, the bulk power transporter in Nigeria, is set to improve power voltage in four states with the procurement of 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 bulk feeding Cross River, Enugu, Benue and Plateau States.
In a statement signed by the General Manager, (Public Affairs) Ndidi Mbah, TCN said 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. TCN procured the three new reactors to substantially stabilize high voltage along this transmission line route.
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 thetransmission 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.
It would be recalled that on Tuesday 12th September 2017, TCN lost a 150MVA 330/132/33kV power transformer in a fire incident in its Jos Transmission Substation. The incident TCN said was caused by high voltage resulting from the design problems on 330kV Ikot Ekpene – Jos transmission line constructed over 15years ago.
TCN reiterated its commitment to expanding the nation’s grid and noted that having delivered the reactors to the three substations, it would ensure that the contractor commences installation immediately.