By ABAH ADAH, Abuja
Residents of Yobe and Jigawa States and others within the coverage area of the Kano Electricity Distribution Company can now smile with improved power supply following the reinforcement of the Hadejia 132/33KV substation with an additional 60 MVA power transformer by the Transmission
Company of Nigeria (TCN).
In a statement signed by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Seun Olagunju in Abuja, TCN noted that the completion of installation of the Transformer in Hadejia Local Government Area of Jigawa state has increased the capacity of the station to 48MW connecting 3 important feeders which are: Nguru in Yobe state, Kafin Hausa and Gumel Emirates in Jigawa state.
Prior to this reinforcement, the substation in Hadejia had 2 old power transformers of 15MVA and 7.5MVA capacity which were installed in 1991 and 2003 respectively whose combined capacity was only 18MW.
The limited capacity has led to constant overload of the transformers, leading to poor supply quality and consistent load shedding in the area.
But with the completion of this project, the old transformers can now be relieved and made to work within their endurable capacity as most of the connections will be transferred to the new transformer in order to pick the increased load and provide more reliable power supply.
TCN further disclosed that with the support of Federal Ministries of Finance and Power, it is about to secure funding from one of the Multilateral Development Bank (MDB) to finance the reconstruction of the existing Kaduna to Kano 330KV single circuit transmission line.
In contrast to the slow pace of projects funded with appropriation fund, which typically can last for 8 years, it is expected that with the secured funding from the MDB, the project has an increased chance of being completed within 24 months after the fund is approved.
TCN sees reconstructing the existing line instead of embarking on a new one as more appropraite due to environmental safeguard policy which is a regulatory requirement that imposes a data gathering period of a minimum of two rainy season prior to the beginning of construction work in respect of Green Field Projects.
The Interim Managing Director of TCN Usman Gur Mohammed indicated TCN plans to reconstruct the existing single circuit Kaduna to Kano line by upgrading it to a 330kV double circuit line using quad conductor design which will effectively quadruple the power wheeling capacity of the existing line from 600MW to 2400MW.
TCN is planning to build a bigger transmission system based on the expanding need of power to Kano and environs. According to him the performance of several new transmission lines already constructed or under construction are dependent on completion of the Kaduna-Kano 330kv Transmission Line.
Mr Mohammed also expressed TCN’s happiness with the support it is receiving from Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai, in its plan to build two new 330KV substations in Kaduna and Zaria and four additional 132KV Substations at Rigasa, Kakau, Rigachun and Jaji and the reconstruction of Kaduna-Kano transmission line.
Mohammed further disclosed that TCN is working in collaboration with banks and the Kano State Government to ensure the success of the project.
TCN has similar collaboration with Ogun, Lagos, Bauchi, Kogi and Edo States and is planning to collaborate with Kebbi, Sokoto, Niger, Imo, Abia, Delta and Anambra States.