The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has unveiled plans to build 6 new substation of 330KVA each to boost power supply to Lagos and Ogun State to further enhance the industrial prospects of the area believed to be the industry hub of the country.
The managing director/chief executive officer, TCN, Mr. Usman Mohammad disclosed this in Abuja yesterday at a news conference. He said the programme is coming under the Transmission and Rehabilitation Project aimed at revamping the company’s ability to transmit electricity from generation point to distribution networks.
Comparing the Lagos – Ogun axis to what the New Jersey and New York, economy is to Nigeria, Mohammed noted that the biggest industry are located within the region.
“You know in Nigeria now just like New Jersey and New York, between Abeokuta and Lagos we have the industrial hub of the country as most of the biggest industries we have in the country are located within this zone, so we are building 6 number of 330KV substations to support the economy activities of the area.
He pointed out that this is the first time in the history of Nigeria to be taking the bold step in building more than one 330KV in one region.
According to him, two of the new substations are to be located in Lagos while the other four will be in Ogun State. The locations of the Mountain of Fire Church region along the Lagos Ibadan Expressway, Ogijo, Arigbajo and New Agbara all in Ogun state, while in Lagos one will located in the ancient town of Badagry as well as another location.
He however explained that the minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has intervened by writing to the Ogun State government to reduce the compensation cost. He assured that the contract for the construction of the sites will commence in the coming weeks.
Speaking of other initiatives aimed at further boosting power supply to the residents of Lagos, Mohammad said TCN has decided to close the transmission loop that exist in the state. He stated that currently, Lagos Island is supplied power from Egbin through Ajah, “this line is double target line, one of the lines was out for more than five years, I am happy to tell you we have signed a contract with Siemens to repair it and we have announced plans for the second line to be fixed but that is not enough to meet the demand we need to close the loop in Lagos.”
He said in order to solve the problem, TCN approached the minister of power who graciously intervened and secured land for them for building a 330KVA substation in Ijora adding that in addition, the company will build a multi socket tower to connect Akoko to Ijora, and Ijora to Alagbon.
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