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Gencos says power transmission weak despite TCN’s $1.63bn intervention

The transmission of electricity across the country is still weak despite the interventions and claim by the Transmission Company of Nigeria that it currently has capacity to wheel over 8,000 megawatts of power, the Association of Power Generation Companies, has said. The transmission company had reportedly invested about $1.63bn recently to improve the nation’s electricity transmission infrastructure. However, according to power generators, Nigeria’s transmission network is weak because its maximum wheeling capacity is not more than 5,500MW, whereas the available generation capacity from Gencos is more than 7,500MW.

 

The Managing Director of TCN, Mr Usman Mohammed, had repeatedly claimed that the transmission company had increased its wheeling capacity considerably in the last three years. Mohammed had often announced that the massive investments by the Federal Government and multilateral agencies on the expansion of Nigeria’s power transmission grid, and that these investments, most of which were under the Transmission Expansion Rehabilitation Programme, had risen to about $1.63bn.

 

“This has led to a rise in the country’s power transmission capacity from about 5,000MW three years ago to 8,100MW,” the TCN boss had explained.

 

This, however, did not conform to the position of power generators, as power transmission was weak and this had been affecting the operations of Gencos adversely.
 

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