TCN completes, energises new 130km Sokoto-Birnin Kebbi single circuit 132kv transmission line
The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has completed the reconductoring of its new 130KM 132kV double circuit Sokoto – Birnin Kebbi transmission line, which was also energized at about 4.35pm on 13th April, 2021.
This was contained in a press statement released by Ndidi Mbah, TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs on Saturday, April 17, 2021
The new high capacity 132kV Transmission line which affects and transverses 405 towers along the Birnin Kebbi – Sokoto line route, now transmits about 170MW, which is more than double the 70MW capacity previously transmitted by the decommissioned old 132kV transmission line.
According to the TCN statement, “The new 132kV transmission line has solved the low voltage and attendant poor power situation that used to be prevalent in the Sokoto axis.
“Consequently, TCN is now enabled to substantially transmit increased bulk power electricity to Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company’s distribution load centers in Sokoto State and environs.
“This also means that Kaduna DisCo would equally be able to deliver more stable and quality power to its customers in that axis.
“Prior to the reconductoring of the line, the Sokoto – Birnin Kebbi 132kV transmission line, was overloaded due to increased demand, arising from massive increase in human population and attendant socio-economic activities in the area.
“The new line has solved the problem of overloading/ suppressed load and has ample capacity for anticipated load increase.
“The Project which commenced in November last year, was carried out in phases, in order to ameliorate the effect of scheduled outages on electricity consumers during the period. Some areas did not experience outage through the period as they were backfed through another line,” TCN noted in the statement. TCN however commended the government and people of Sokoto State and Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, for their patience and cooperation during the period of the transmission line reconductoring.