By Constance Athekame
Ms Ndidi Mbah, general manager of public affairs for TCN, who made this known in a statement in Abuja on Saturday, said the line was on at around 4:35 p.m. on April 13.
Mbah said the new 132 kV high-capacity transmission line, which runs through 405 turns along the route of the Birnin Kebbi – Sokoto line, will now transmit around 170 mega watts (MW).
“This is more than double the capacity of 70 MW previously transmitted by the old disused 132 kV transmission line.
“The new 132 kV transmission line solved the low voltage and poor power situation that once prevailed in the Sokoto axis.
“Since TCN is now able to transmit a substantial increase in bulk electricity to Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company’s distribution centers in Sokoto and surrounding areas.
“This also means that Kaduna DisCo would also be able to provide more stable and quality energy to its customers in this axis,” she said.
Mbah said that before the line was renewed, the Sokoto – Birnin Kebbi 132 kV transmission line was overloaded due to the increased demand.
She said the overload came from the massive increase in human population and accompanying socio-economic activities in the region.
According to her, the new line solved the overload problem and has sufficient capacity for the expected increase in load.
“The project, which started in November last year, was carried out in stages, in order to mitigate the effect of scheduled outages on electricity consumers during the period.
“Some areas did not experience blackouts during the period as they were fed back from another line,” she said.
She said TCN was grateful to the government and residents of Sokoto and Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, for their patience and cooperation during the transmission line renewal period. (NOPE)
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