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TCN declares Alaoji biggest substation in southern region


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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), has increased the installed capacity of the Alaoji transmission substation in Abia State to 750MVA from the current 450MVA to make it the biggest substation in the southern part of the country.

This boost according to the company, was as a result of the completion of the installation and streaming into service, of one new 300MVA 330/132/33kV power transformer, which was energised on February 12th, 2019.

According to the company’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, the new development has increased capacity to supply Enugu Distribution Company for onward supply to particularly Abia North, (Ohafia, Arochukwu, Item, Abriba) Imo State (Okigwe, Arondi-izuogu), as well as parts of Ebonyi and Rivers State.


Mbah in a statement said the newly energised 300MVA transformer will also enhance evacuation of power generated into the 132kV grid network from the Alaoji NIPP and Afam Power Stations, and also benefit the 4No 132kV substations at Okigwe (Imo State), Mbalano, Ohafia and Arochukwu (Abia State), which are awaiting completion.

She stated that as part of the company’s efforts to ensure power supply in the value chain by persistently upgrading and investing in the nation’s grid network, TCN has transported another 150MVA, 330/132/33kV power transformer to Kumbotso Transmission Substation in Kano, to replace one of the four 150MVA transformers taken out for repairs.

The new transformer, Mbah said, is an addition to the recently repaired 150MVA power one, which got burnt five years ago at the Kumbotso substation, and it would as well boost the capacity of the substation to 4X150MVA, which will further improve bulk power supply for onward delivery to Dakata, Wudil and Dan Agundi in Kano, Dutse and Hadeja in Jigawa State, Azare in Bauchi State, Katsina, Kankia, and Daura in Katsina and finally to Maradi and Gazawa in Niger Republic respectively.

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