TCN’S power trans­mis­sion ca­pac­ity hits 7000mw, says Fashola

• Ogun, firms sign pact for 286mw

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Com­fort Dafe (Abuja) and Charles Coffie Gyamfi (Abeokuta)

MIN­IS­TER of Power, Works and Hous­ing, Ba­batunde Fashola yes­ter­day said that the Trans­mis­sion Com­pany of Nige­ria (TCN) had im­proved its ca­pac­ity to trans­mit elec­tric­ity from 5,000mw to 7,000mw.

Fashola made the dis­clo­sure in Abuja at the pre­sen­ta­tion of a 20-year trans­mis- sion mas­ter plan by the Fitch­ner of Ger­many. He de­scribed the event as a mile­stone in the jour­ney to un­in­ter­rupted power sup­ply in the coun­try. The devel­op­ment may lead to im­prove­ment in elec­tric­ity sup­ply as more power gen­er­ated by the Gen­cos but be­came stranded due to poor trans­mis­sion ca­pac­ity will now be dis­trib­uted for use by con­sumers.

The min­is­ter said Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari gave the min­istry and TCN a man­date to im­prove ca­pac­ity to de­liver ser­vices to the power gen­er­a­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies. He de­scribed the mater plan as a vi­sion of what the power sec­tor would look like in the next 20 years.

The In­terim Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of TCN, Mo­hammed Us­man, said the mas­ter plan was con­ceived in 2009.

Mean­while, the Ogun State govern­ment has signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MOU) with eight se­lected in­de­pen­dent power providers to gen­er­ate 286 megawatts.

The projects, chris­tened ‘Light Up’ with to­tal cost of $476.6 mil­lion is to be fully fi­nanced by the se­lected com­pa­nies.

Earl Grey Nige­ria Ltd, sit­u­ated in Ogijo in Sagamu Lo­cal Govern­ment Area of the state is to gen­er­ate 8mw from nat­u­ral gas; Gate­way So­lar Power Int’l Nig Ltd will gen­er­ate 125mw in Ag­bara area; Naanovo En­ergy Nige­ria Ltd is to gen­er­ate 5mw in Abeokuta via waste en­ergy and Nike­nando En­ergy Ltd will de­liver 5- 20mw in Oke-mosan area.

Others are Re­nais­sance Im­pex En­ergy to power model schools in Ikenne, Ago-iwoye and Ewekoro with 8mw of so­lar power; Sholep En­ergy to light the newly es­tab­lished Ogun State Polytech­nic in Ipokia with 5mw of so­lar power; Solonic En­ergy to gen­er­ate 100mw while Tido Tech In­ter­na­tional is to power the fed­eral air­port in Wasimi with 5mw of so­lar power. At the of­fi­cial sign­ing of the pact at the Oke-mosan Gov­er­nor’s Of­fice, the con­sul­tant on en­ergy to the gov­er­nor, Akin­sanya Fagbemi said the idea of the projects “is to end the agony of epilep­tic power sup­ply in the state.”

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