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TCN begins nationwide rehabilitation of old circuit breakers

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Solomon Ezeme

The Transmission Company Of Nigeria (TCN), has commenced an exercise to rehabilitate and replace old circuit breakers in the country’s transmission networks. This was stated in a release by the Commission, on Sunday.

The release, signed by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah, disclosed that the TCN has begun a nationwide repair and replacement of dilapidated circuit breakers which have been responsible for the frequent power outages being experienced by electricity consumers in the country.

Mbah noted that the move was to enhance the transmission of electricity to Power Distribution Companies (DisCos), adding that the rehabilitation started from the Ajaokuta 330/13kV Transmission Substation.

She said, “The project is geared towards further improving bulk power transmission to distribution load centers nationwide.

“The rehabilitation and replacement work which were officially flagged off at the thirty-seven year- old 330/132kV Ajaokuta Substation in Kogi State marks TCN’s determination to ensure that all circuit breakers in its network are certified healthy and are performing optimally.

“The decision to start with the circuit breakers in Ajaokuta Substation was due to the strategic role the Substation plays in transmitting bulk electricity to distribution load centres Of AEDC and BEDC covering areas such as; Abuja, Lokoja, Ayangba, Okene, Okpila and Benin,among others.

She also said that the project will help minimise the chances of further blackouts resulting from sudden breakdown within TCN’s facility.

“TCN’s efforts at rehabilitating the circuit breakers despite routine maintenance undertaken by in-house engineers are to ensure that they continue to perform optimally, and eliminate any incident of sudden breakdown due to age.

“The exercise will be extended to all Substation in the country whose circuit breakers are 20 years old and above.

“In line with TCN’s quest to further improve the capacity of its workforce, it assigned its engineers to work directly with the contractors to ensure hands-on training and practical skills transfer.

“Proper retrofitting or replacement of the circuit breakers will ensure that they operate optimally

for the next 15 to 20 years,” Mbah noted.

The Commission promised to continue to guarantee Nigerians stable and efficient transmission of bulk power to DisCos for onward distribution to electricity users, by ensuring an effective maintenance of power facilities in the nation’s transmission networks.

“TCN will not relent in its efforts to maintain, repair and replace power transmission equipment, as well as install new ones to ensure a more stable and efficient transmission of bulk power to the distribution substations nationwide,” she said.

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