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FG begins expansion of FCT transmission grid by 624 Mega Watts

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Godsgift Onyedinefu

The Federal Government of Nigeria has commenced the Abuja Feeding Scheme project which comprises the construction of transmission lines and five substations in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed stated that the transmission scheme upon completion will add 1,380MVA transformer capacity which is equivalent to 624 Megawatts (MW) to the grid.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) through the Federal Government had received a credit from Agence Francaise de Developpment (AFD) to reinforce the high-voltage Transmission ring around Abuja.

Mohammed made this known on Thursday in Abuja at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Abuja Feeding Scheme performed by the permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of power, Works and housing, Louis Edozien to signal the official commencement of the construction work on the Project,

Mohammed noted that Abuja currently has only two 330KV substations and five 132KV substations.

He said: “we are adding additional two 330/132/34KV substations and additional three 132/33KV substations in the FCT.”

Mohammed informed that the increase in transmission capacity will improve power supply within Abuja and it’s environs as well as positively impact the socio economic wellbeing of the people.

He noted that the Abuja feeding scheme is one of the project under the transmission rehabilitation and extension Programme (TREP) designed to tackle issues of transmission nationwide, and also in specific locations.

He explained that under the TREP project, the TCN has been able to commission several Transmission Substations and installed over 30 power transformers across the country and have also achieved a frequency Control within 49.8-50.2 in the last one year.

“By June this year we should be able to achieve frequency Control that’s the best in the entire west Africa.” He assured.

He added: ‘We have recovered 730 containers out of 800 containers that were stranded in them port, some of them were there for over 15 years, some of them were actually auctioned, only two were lost ,798 are intact and we are removing them from the port.”

Further, Mohammed explained that the bidding process for the Abuja Feeding Scheme was transparent and the TCN has a savings of about $25 million from the Project.

He said:”We had 10 qualified contractors for each of the six slots, and each of the six slots the least publicly announced price became the least evaluated bidder, we we have never hd this kind of achievement in our history.

“We also have a saving of about 25 million dollars, this is significant unlike the way we do business before, we have never had this kind of if savings in a project we have done before.”

The Abuja Feeding scheme is expected to last for 18 to 24 months.

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