The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has denied allegations in some quarters that it was responsible for the persistent power outages in Kaduna State which some section of the media reported it was due to the maintenance work being carried out by TCN.
The general manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, in a statement said the organisation is not carrying out maintenance work as alleged in the media, but it is upgrading its Mando – Kakuri Transmission Lines from 80MW to 240MW, to significantly improve power supply to Kaduna.
She stated that the transmission lines upgrade is carried out on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am- 5pm. “TCN is therefore not responsible for any outage beyond this period in Kaduna South only,”
She said adding that TCN’s decision to undertake the upgrade of the transmission lines on Saturdays and Sundays from 8am to 5pm, is to ensure that inconvenience to electricity customers is minimized.
She also said that the transmission lines upgrade became necessary because TCN is doubling the transformer capacity of its Kaduna Town Transmission Station from 120MVA to 240MVA, in line with its grid expansion plan.
According to her, when completed there would be increased electricity supply to Kaduna State through the Mando-Kakuri transmission line, stressing that the upgrade of the transmission line is the only way the impact of the two additional brand new 60MVA power transformers can be felt by electricity consumers in Kaduna.
The company also noted that although the Nigeria Electricity Industry is still facing liquidity problem and that the only way that TCN’s rehabilitation and expansion programme can give maximum benefit to the nation is if commensurate investment is done on the various distribution networks nationwide.