The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) yesterday disclosed that the national grid successfully transmitted a new generation peak of 5,375MW on Thursday, 7th February 2019 at 21.00hrs.
According to TCN, the fit is the first of its kind, stressing that it is the time that the nation’s power grid had generated, transmitted and distributed this quantum of power.
A statement signed by the general manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, attributed the achievement to the successful implementation of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s policy on incremental power.
She stated further that the last peak generation of 5224 MW, which was also successfully transmitted by TCN, was attained on 18th December, 2017. According to her, the latest development has surpassed the previous peak as it hits an all-time high of 5375MW.
Mrs. Mbah further explain that the current capacity of generation companies nationwide is 7,450MW, adding that it is expected to significantly increase with the recovery of all the generators at Egbin by the management of Sahara Energy.
“The capacity of transmission based on the simulation of December 2018 is 8,100MW. Since the last simulation several transformers have been added to transmission. With the new combined peak, Distribution companies have also increased capacity. However more work is needed on the Distribution capacities for the sector to fully stabilize,” part of the statement read.
According to Mrs Mbah, TCN on her part has continued to upgrade critical transmission infrastructure nationwide with the commissioning of over 40 power transformers and lines in the last two years, building of seven (7) brand new substations, diligently pursuing its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme which is encapsulated in its 20-year transmission Expansion Plan. As at date, TCN’s wheeling capacity had increased from 5,000 in 2016 to 7,124MW in 2017 and 8100MW in 2018.
The statement further said that unlike in the past, TCN is not only focusing on Grid Expansion but also on the quality of the power. In that respect, TCN achieved frequency control of between 49.50Hz and 50.50Hz between May 2017 and November 2018 which had not been achieved in the history of Nigeria for the past 20 years. From December to date, TCN equally achieved the best frequency control of between 49.75Hz to 50.25Hz for 85 per cent of the time which is the best ever witnessed in the history of the Nigerian power sector.
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