Nigeria to expand transmission network
The Federal Government of Nigeria has, on behalf of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), applied for a Nigeria Transmission Expansion Project (NTEP-1) to provide electricity in the North-western, South-eastern and South-southern States.
The project has been approved by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Abidjan.
The project, funded by the AfDB, is tagged ‘Nigeria Transmission Expansion Project (NTEP-1)’ under the TREP Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme.
The project is expected to strengthen the transmission capacity of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) by building new substations, transmission lines and repairing old ones in the region.
TCN General Manager Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah said procurement processes for the project was almost completed and promised that execution would start immediately after the materials were gathered.
“The advert for the pre-qualification of contractors had been carried out under advance procurement and evaluation of submissions from consultants that submitted “Expression of interest” for the procurement of consultancy for the project is on-going.
“Adopting the use of advance procurement in the execution of its projects, which has given TCN lead time, reducing procurement period by 6months. The procurement processes for the project is about 70% completed, meaning that execution of the projects under NTEP-1 would soon commence in earnest, even though it has just been approved by the AfDB board.”
In addition to this, the TCN promised to solve issues regarding transmission lines and substations requirements in the three regions selected by the AfDB.
“In the North West, the projects that would be executed include the construction of 212KM Double Circuit 330kV Quad conductor (Kaduna to Kano); installation of 2x150MVA and 2x60MVA transformers and bay extensions in Zara.
“Installation of 2x150MVA and 2x60MVA transformers with associated bay feeders and bay extensions in Kaduna Millennium city; installation of 2x60MVA transformers and outgoing feeders in Rigasa Kaduna; and the installation of 2x60MVA transformers and outgoing feeders in jaji, Kaduna.
“The substations would all have turned in and turn out transmission lines. In the South-South and South-East, NTEP-1 would reconstruct the 107KM double circuit Delta-Benin transmission lines into a 330kV quad line; reconstruct the 138KM Alaoji- Ihiala – Onitsha Single Circuit line into 330kV Double Circuit Quad line,” Mbah stated.
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