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TCN reveals upgrade plan at alagbon 132/33KV Transmission Station
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has disclosed its plans to upgrade the Alagbon 132/33KV Transmission Station in Lagos by an additional 2/100 mva and 1/300 mva at 330, under the transmission rehabilitation expansion programme.
In addition to that would be a linkage of the alagbon station to akamba through 330 to enhance flexible supply to the island, which currently receives supply from the line that moves from egbin to ajah through lekki and then to alagbon.
The Managing Director of TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed who revealed this during the inspection of the burnt 1/60MVA power transformer at the station recently said the company is also planning to put up another 330kv substation in ijora, Lagos, which is also a lot center, then the line from akamba through ijora to alagbon would feed island through ikeja west and egbin.
The TCN boss stated that the biggest problem faced by the company is that while transmission is able to mobilise investments to expand its network, distribution are not “and we are connected such that whatever happens on that side affects us.”
TCN is therefore working with the government to invest in distribution companies (disco), under the distribution expansion programme which is being funded by federal government and implemented by the company.
The programme Gur Mohammed explained would be like a shareholders loan because it is necessary for to expand the capacity of the discos for them to take load.
Speaking about the burnt 1/60MVA power transformer in the station that was affected by rain early hours of May 3rd, he noted that it was a big loss to the company as it would take about two million dollars to replace it.
“The maximum amount to replace the damaged transformer is about two million dollars, because the transformer alone is less than one million dollars and installing with other works, and accompanying equipments would be covered, though the results from the preliminary investigation would determine if or not the transformer would need total replacement,” he remarked.
He however noted that they are not under pressure to change the transformer because the station doesn’t have problems of scarcity.
One of the expatriate in the control room of the station confirmed to The Guardian that the burnt transformer was quite an old one and they were pessimistic about it’s working again.
Giving the cause of the fire, Gur Mohammed explained that the rain caused the discos to reduce load for Lagos to about 1,000 megawatt and subsequently it dropped to 200 megawatt which translated to high voltage causing the lightening arrestor to give up.