Electricity generation, at the weekend, dropped 7 per cent to 3,284 megawatts (mw), from 3,526megawatts, according to the report of the Nigeria Electricity System Operator.
This was grossly inadequate for transmission and distribution to electricity consumers, including households and organisations in all parts of the nation.
The situation led to extensive power cuts across the country.
However, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said the Federal government plans to construct two units of 330 kV power transmission substations in Kano Katsina and states.
The Managing Director of TCN, Engr. Sule Abdulaziz, assured that the company would deliver two proposed units of 330kV power transmission substations along with the transmission lines in the next year to boost the power supply in the states.
Abdulaziz, who gave the assurance while inspecting the 330/132/33kV Katsina substation project and the Rimi Zakaria substation in Kano, at the instance of the Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, said the transformers and structures have already been delivered to the Katsina substation.
According to the TCN General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, on completion, the Katsina substation will improve the transmission of bulk power supply to Daura, Dutsinma, Kankara and Malumfashi substations.
She quoted Abdulaziz as saying: “We are willing, and we want to ensure that we finish this substation within one year. We will also invite Mr President to commission the substation.”
The TCN boss noted that the transmission line that will bring bulk supply to the substation is from Kano and was earlier affected by Right of Way issues.
“TCN and the government are collaborating on this, processes have been completed and the contractor will soon be back to the site to finish his work and we will be able to commission this substation”.
He noted that the substation facility has two units of 150MVA power transformers and two units of 60MVA power transformers.
At the 132/33kV Kankia Substation where the materials for the 330kV Kano to Katsina transmission line are stored, Engr. Abdulaziz said: “We are using part of the station as a storage facility for the materials the contractor is using for the construction of the 330kV transmission line from Kano to Katsina”.
He also said the line was awarded around 2010, but the Right of Way issue in Kano affected the project execution.
According to him, “We have discussed with the Kano government, they have assisted us with paying for the land while TCN has concluded processes for the structures. So the contractor is now free to continue the construction of towers and eventually the lines. We want to make sure that within the one year remaining for this administration, we will be able to complete that transmission line, and so that Mr. President will commission the project”.
He also visited the 30MVA 132/33kV mobile transmission Substation Bichi, which was executed in-house by TCN engineers. The substation has been completed and will improve the bulk power requirement of the state waterworks, Bichi and environs.
The representative of the contractor of the Katsina project, Engr. Mustapha Maihajjo, lauded the government for fast-tracking the Katsina substation project’s funding.
Also, the Special Assistant on Power and Energy to the Katsina State Governor, Mansur Ahmed Musa commended the Katsina Mega Substation project.
He further said: “We have waited for it for a long time and we cannot wait for it to be delivered. We believe that this project will be delivered timely as the contractor and the Managing Director of TCN promised.”