…. expects arrival of more equiptment in Lagos port
About twenty-two(22) brand-new power transformers, spare parts, and critical equipment have been delivered by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to its central store in Ojo, Lagos, to guarantee the availability of spares for scheduled maintenance of the grid system and expansion of bulk electricity to distribution load centres nationwide.
This was contained in a statement released on Tuesday by Ndidi Mbah, General Manager, Public Affairs, and obtained by EnergyDay.
Mbah described the equipment as the highest of such in the company’s history, including 22 power transformers, haulage trucks, transmission switchyard spare parts, 45No. earthing transformers, Suspension Clamps, Vibration Dampers, Armor Rods, Circuit Breakers, Current transformers, Voltage transformers, 100 tons Crane truck heads etc.
According to her, TCN is expecting the arrival of more of the equipment to Lagos port for onward delivery to the store, and for subsequent installation at various ongoing project sites across the country, some of the equipment would be kept in the store to serve as spares for future use.
She said, “A large number of the equipment still in the store were recently inspected by members of the Governing Board of TCN and Management. The massive and unprecedented stockpile of various kinds of transmission equipment presently are gradually being moved to project sites for maintenance, new projects and upgrading of existing transmission lines and substations.”
Engr. Sule Abdulaziz, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer(MD/CEO) of TCN , while commenting on the quantum of equipment in the TCN’s Ojo Central Store, said that most the equipment were procured for donor funded projects supported by the World Bank, French Development Agency(AFD) African Development Bank, among others.
Abdulaziz, noted that resources have been committed by Donor Agencies, assisting the TCN in its grid expansion drive, the capacity of the transformers, he said ranges from 60MVA up to 150MVA.
He said, “We have not seen this level of the massive supply of materials in TCN stores in the past, purely for network expansion and maintenance. We have 150MVA transformers which are very massive and will eventually be connected to our 330kV circuit. We have the 100MVA transformers, high-grade, cranes, and other equipment.
“It implies that the turnaround time to rectify faults when they occur and the downtime have been reduced,” the TCN boss narrated.