Port Harcourt, Dec. 11, 2023: The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) currently has capacity to transmit 8,100mw of the about 13,000mw of electricity generated.
“We are supposed to be able to transmit about 15,000mw, but we are unable to meet this capacity due to weak and ageing infrastructure.
“Some of the infrastructure were constructed more than 50 years ago,” Dr Thomas Inugonum, TCN’s General Manager for Port Harcourt Region told a news conference on Sunday in Port Harcourt.
Inugonum bemoaned incessant attacks on TCN’s facilities and called on the media to sensitise and create awareness of the consequences of destroying those facilities.
“In some of our stations, vandals have cut earth-conductors of big transformers that cost about N800 million resulting in the ‘floating’ of the facility.
“There are projects that have been on-going for almost 20 years in Okigwe and Mbano in Imo, and in other places that could not be completed partly because of vandalism.
“We do not understand why people vandalise our facilities considering the importance of power supply to economic activities.
“If transmission power lines are vandalised, and in the process, it falls on top of about 100 houses, no occupant of those houses would survive,’’ he noted.
He stressed that daily attacks on TCN facilities in Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Imo and Rivers were impacting negatively on efforts to supply uninterrupted electricity.
“In just two months, we have lost several of our transmission lines in Odukpani (Cross River) and in Elelenwo in Rivers.
“A 60mva cost about N1.2 billion, while a span of 132kv of our transmission line cost about 330,000 dollars, making our losses unquantifiable and humongous when vandalised.
“It is unfortunate that people vandalise facilities worth billions of naira only to melt the metals to construct gates, pots, and cups. It is just wickedness,’’ Inugonum lamented.
He said 23 power projects were at various stages of completion in the six states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Imo and Rivers.
The projects are partly funded by the TCN, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, and the World Bank and are executed under the National Integrated Power Project of the Federal Government.
Inugonum said apart from the 23 projects on-going in the six states, there were 15 other completed projects, while three were at proposition stage in the states.
“The on-going projects are the `re-conductoring’ of the 18km Main-Port Harcourt 132kv DC line and installation of 100mva 132/33KV transformers with 80mw capacity in Port Harcourt.
“In Afam, also in Rivers, we have six on-going projects which include the Afam-Onne 330kv DC lines.
“We also have the Afam-Ikot Ekpene 330 DC lines in Akwa Ibom, while in Aba, we are `re-conductoring’ 10km Alaoji-Aba 132kv DC line.
“In Ugep, Cross River, construction of 2x60mva 132kv substation with capacity to generate 96mw is on-going and the construction of 2x60mva 132/33kv station is in ground-breaking phase,’’ he said.
Inugonum added that the installation of 100mva 132/33kv transformer with 80mw capacity in Itu, Akwa Ibom, sponsored by the World Bank had attained 5 per cent completion.
“The Erosion control at T20 in Eket-Ikot Abasi 132kv DC line is 20 per cent completed.
“In Owerri, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company is upgrading its 132kv to 330kv sub-station with 2x150mva 330/132kv transformers and 2x60mva 132kv transformer and 33kv switchyard, among other projects.
In his remarks, TCN’s Assistant General Manager, Port Harcourt Sub-Region, Mr Benneth Ezemobi, said plans were in top gear to supply additional 100mw of electricity to Rivers.
“Currently, we have slightly less than 400mw, but by 2025, we would have been able to meet our 500mw target for Rivers,’’ he said.