Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
Determined to improve and upgrade power supply to Ogun State and its environs, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), has disclosed that four new 330KVA stations will be built in the state.
This was disclosed, on Thursday, by Managing Director/CEO of TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed, at the official inauguration of the new 60MVA, 132/33KV transformer at Ijebu-Ode Sub-Station.
Mohammed, who identified Ogun State as one of the industrialised locations in the country, mentioned Ogijo, Ibafo, Arigbajo and Agbara as the four locations where the new stations would be built.
He explained that the newly-commissioned transformer at Ijebu Ode would not only increase the 48 megawatts-power wheeling capacity of the substation to 96 megawatts, but reduced the load shedding being experienced within Ijebuland and environs.
Mohammed further said the energisation of the project would enable the TCN to separate the Epe 33KV feeder from the Ijebu Igbo 33KV feeder.
While noting that TCN had expanded the national grid by 20 megawatts in two years, the Mohammed added that 22 60MVA 132/33KV transformers had been installed in critical locations across the country.
According to him, “TCN has been able to install this kind of transformers in 22 locations in Nigeria. Presently, our engineers are working assiduously to complete a sub station on an island in Lagos State.
“In two years, we have been able to expand the national grid by 20 megawatts. We want to ensure that if generation is 7,000, transmission will be 14,000 and distribution will be 28,000.
“Similarly, TCN is working to ensure we complete other lines that bring power to Ogun and Lagos States. All these undertakings are to improve power supply to this state and its environs.
“TCN is also considering dropping of 330 KVA in Ijebu Ode or reconstruction of Sagamu-Ijebu Ode power line, to increase power supply. But this will depend on the cheapest of the two”. Mohammed stated.
In his remark, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, commended TCN for the timely completion of the project.
Represented at the inauguration event by his Chief of Staff, Tolu Odebiyi, Governor Amosun assured his administration would continue to support Federal Government’s efforts to improve power supply in the state.