TCN rehabilitates old circuit breakers for improved power supply: Official

*The Transmission Company of Nigeria says the rehabilitation project is aimed at further improving bulk power transmission to distribution load centres across the country

Gbenga Kayode | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government has said that is poised to enhance bulk power transmission to distribution load centres across Nigeria.

Accordingly, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has announced the commencement of the rehabilitation and replacement of old circuit breakers in the transmission network nationwide.

ConsumerConnect reports Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, General Manager, Public Affairs of TCN, who said this in a statement issued Sunday, November 21, 2021, in Abuja, FCT, said rehabilitation project was aimed at further improving bulk power transmission to distribution load centres in the country.

Mbah stated: “The rehabilitation and replacement work which were officially inaugurated at the 37-year-old 330/132 KV, Ajaokuta Substation, Kogi State, marks TCN’s determination to ensure that all circuit breakers in its network are certified healthy and perform optimally.

“The decision to start with the circuit breakers in Ajaokuta substation was due to the strategic role the substation plays in transmitting bulk electricity to distribution load centres Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).

“And the Benin Distribution Electricity Company (BEDC) covering areas such as; Abuja, Lokoja, Ayangba, Okene, Okpella, and Benin, among others.”

TCN’s efforts at rehabilitating the circuit breakers despite routine maintenance undertaken by in-house engineers, she stated, was to ensure that they continue to perform optimally.

According to Mbah, the rehabilitation would also eliminate any incident of sudden breakdown due to age.

The TCN General Manager, Public Affairs also noted: “The exercise will be extended to all substations in the country whose circuit breakers are 20 years and above.

“In line with TCN’s quest to further improve the capacity of its workforce, it assigned engineers to work directly with the contractors to ensure hands-on training and practical skills transfer.”

Mbah stated: “Proper retrofitting or replacement of the circuit breakers will ensure that they operate optimally for the next 15 to 20 years.

“Circuit Breakers protect power transformers from any abnormal conditions or fault that may occur within or from outside the network.”

She further explained that circuit breakers offer power supply flexibility in the substations’ switchyard when maintenance work is ongoing, without interrupting bulk power supply to distribution load centers in the grid.

The General Manager of TCN stated the the company would not relent in its efforts at maintaining, repairing, and replacing power transmission equipment in Nigeria.

The utility company also said that it would install new ones to ensure a more stable and efficient transmission of bulk power to the distribution substations nationwide.

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