yle=”text-align: left;”>Mr. Abubakar Aliyu
The Minister of Energy, Mr. Abubakar Aliyu, says that the Federal Government plans to increase the transmission capacity in megawatts of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to boost electricity supply.
Aliyu said this while inspecting the “Abuja Ring Project” which was running in Abuja on Friday.
He said that the projects, which are six, are made up of lines and substations, adding that when they are finished they will increase TCN‘s available capacity by more than 1,000 Megawatts (MW).
”The project is about six and they are over 90 percent complete and expect to be completed in November, December, the contractor is chasing the completion date and when it is completed it will increase the power supply in and around Abuja.
“This project is funded with $170 million from the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) and started by the Buhari Administration in 2018 in pursuit of increasing the capacity of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI),” he said.
The minister said that the projects consist of a new substation in Dawaki, Gwarinpa, New Apo substation, existing Old Apo substation, among others.
According to him, there has been an existing 132 kilovolt (KV) line from Suleja to Katampe, which was initially in Kubwa.
He said the new substation would give Dawaki and the environment more electricity, as they have been depending on Kubwa.
He said that a platform had been built at the Vieja Apo Substation to receive a 60 Mega Volt Ampere transformer from the Siemens Electrical Project and that it will be installed in a couple of days.
“The new Apo substation is new and is receiving a 330 KVA line from Nassarawa to increase supply in and around Abuja,” he said.
Speaking about the Siemens Power Project, the minister said that some engineers would go to France before the end of the month to do a factory test on some transformers.
Aliyu said some of the transformers were already in the country and some offshore.
According to him, the mobile substation with so many components will start to arrive in January 2023, as they are being tested together with other transformers.
The minister called on Nigerians to be patient as the government is doing a lot to improve energy supply.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Managing Director of TCN, Mr. Sule Abdulaziz, the administrative staff of the Ministry of Energy and TCN inspected the project with the minister.
Source Credit: NAN