TCN to Devolve into 2 Autonomous Companies – TSP & ISO
By Innocent Okoye
The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, would soon devolve into two autonomous companies- Transmission Service Provider, TSP and Independent System Operator, ISO.
The MD/CEO, TCN, Mr UG Mohammed disclosed this during the recent press conference/dinner the company organized to update the people with developments in the subsector. According to him, TCN is currently undergoing reforms to make the changes happen and the reform is in tandem with the expectations of the Power Sector Reform Act of 2005.
It would be recalled that the industry regulator, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, had several years ago organized a Public Hearing for the creation of Independent System Operator. The process then was not completed.
Other important things discussed during the press conference include raising the transmission wheeling capacity to 10,000 megawatts (MW) from the present 8,100MW in the very short term by reconductoring seven critical transmission lines in the country.
Mr. Gur Mohammed said TCN would procure high capacity quad conductors for the re-conductoring of the power lines. Quad conductors as the name implies carry four times the capacity of ordinary conductors.
The seven critical transmission lines scheduled for re-conductoring include; Onitsha Awka-Oji River line, the Ikeja-West – Alimosho – Ogba – Ota line, and the Alimosho – Alausa line. Others are, Kaduna – Zaria – Funtua – Gusau line, Birnin Kebbi – Sokoto, Aba – Itu, and Kumbotso DAN Agundi 132 kV transmission line.
“By doing this, we are going to recover between 2,000 to 3,000MW which means the grid will shift from 8,100MW to at least 10,000MW”. Re-conductoring the power lines became necessary to complement the substation upgrade the company has achieved in several substations across the country.
Mr. Mohammed also disclosed that TCN was executing some other critical transmission projects with the $1.661 billion multi-lateral donor funding it had secured. The Abuja Feeding Scheme project and the North Core Project would benefit from the donor funds.
The Abuja Feeding Scheme is expected to bring in a third transmission line from Lafia into Abuja to fortify bulk power into the Federal Capital. The project on completion, would add 2No 330kV and 3No 132kV new substations into Abuja network, while the Northern Corridor Project would improve drastically bulk power in the Northern section of the country.