The Transmission Company of Nigeria, (TCN) has increased the nation’s grid capacity by 330MVA, with the installation of four additional new transformers in Kaduna State, including a 1x150MVA transformer in Mando substation, 1x60MVA transformer in Zaria substation and 2×60 MVA in its substation in Kakuri.
The company also completed the re-conducting of its 132kV double circuit Mando-Kaduna Town transmission line, increasing the line capacity from 80MW to 240MW.
In a statement sent to business a.m., Ndidi Mbah, general manager (public affairs), said that the company is working hard to ensure that it puts in place N-1 capacity in its transmission substations nationwide.
The statement reads, “The Zaria 60MVA transformer has been commissioned by the minister of power works and housing while the others would be commissioned on 11th, June 2018. With the installation of the new 150MVA 132/33kV power transformer in Mando, the capacity of the substation increased from 540MVA on 330kV level to 690MVA.
“This has increased power supply to Kaduna DisCo load centers which now has available, more electricity to supply directly to electricity customers in Kaduna Metropolis, Kaduna North and some parts of Kano State.”
According to TCN, the additional 1x60MVA power transformer in Zaria substation increased the substation’s capacity from 140MVA to 200MVA.
Consequently, there has been substantial increase in power supply through Kaduna Distribution Company to electricity customers in Zaria metropolis and its environs including Makarfi, Soba, Giwa, Pambegua, Ikara (most of Northern Senatorial District of Kaduna State) and parts of Kano State.
The statement further noted that TCN has also installed new 2X60MVA power transformers in its transmission substation in Kakuri, increasing the substation’s capacity from 150MVA to 240MVA.
This has caused a boost in power supply to Kaduna South which houses several textile industries, whose operations had been hindered by poor electricity supply prior to the new transformers installation.
The successful installation of the Mando, Zaria and Kakuri transformers would bring to 13 the number of new power transformers successfully installed by TCN within the last four months.