The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has announced that it presently possesses the capability to transmit 8,100 megawatts (MW) out of the total 13,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity generated. Thomas Inugonum, the General Manager for the Port Harcourt region at TCN, conveyed this information during a press conference held on Sunday in the state.
He said the country is supposed to transmit about 15,000MW, but “we are unable to meet this capacity due to weak and ageing infrastructure”.
Inugonum bemoaned the incessant attacks on TCN’s facilities, urging the media to raise public awareness of the dangers of the act.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
Inugonum said daily attacks on TCN facilities in Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Imo, and Rivers impact 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,” he said.
“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.”
‘23 POWER PROJECTS AT SEVERAL STAGES OF COMPLETION IN SIX STATES’
Inugonum said 23 power projects were at several stages of completion in the six states of Abia, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Imo, and Rivers.
He said the projects, executed under the national integrated power project (NIPP) initiative of the federal government, are partly funded by the TCN, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company, and the World Bank.
Apart from the 23 projects ongoing in the six states, Inugonum said there are 15 other completed projects, while three are at proposition stages in the states.
In his remarks, Benneth Ezemobi, TCN’s assistant general manager, Port Harcourt sub-region, said plans were in top gear to supply an extra 100MW of electricity to Rivers.
Currently, he said, the TCN has slightly less than 400MW, “but by 2025, we would have been able to meet our 500MW target for Rivers”.