A new record of 5,222.3 Megawatts (MW) of electricity generation into the national grid has been recorded on December 18. This was disclosed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, on Sunday.
In a statement by the General Manager, Public Affairs, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Ndidi Mbah, in Abuja stated that the achievement was the highest ever recorded in the nation’s power sector to-date. She said the current peak transmission exceeded the one attained on December 8 (5,155.9 MW) and the earlier record of 5,074.7 MW on February 2, 2016.
According to her, TCN developed the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion programme to enable it designate and execute important transmission projects, to enable it properly key into the incremental power policy of the Federal Government.
She said, “This necessitated the clearing of the company’s stranded containers carrying various transmission equipment at the sea ports, to enable it complete previously abandoned projects to further expand the grid capacity.” Within the last five years, 454 out of the 759 containers left by contractors at the sea ports have been cleared from March to-date and payment for 193 containers have been made and are being cleared, while payment for the outstanding 112 containers has yet to be made.
She added the containers had been abandoned at the ports for 2 to 6 years by contractors for various reasons. All the 454 containers cleared from the ports had been taken to its various construction sites. They are Yola, Gulak, Katsina, Jos, Dambatta, Ganmo, Abeokuta, Onitsha and Benin. Others are Odoguyan, Ede, Igangan, Okene, Walalambe, Akwanga, Kachia, Kumbotso and Kaduna.