29 July 2014

Nigeria: TCN Plans U.S.$8 Billion Investment, Targets 20,000MW Electricity

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Power transmitter.

Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) plans to inject $8 billion into its operations to achieve 20,000 megawatts electricity supply in the country, its executive director, Mohammed Shaike, has disclosed.

Receiving members of the Senate Committee on Privatization led by Olugbenga Obadara, who visited the company's regional office in Oshogbo last week in continuation of their oversight visit to privatised enterprises in Osun State, the ED said that TCN would work jointly with the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to achieve the target.

He informed the senators that in its determination to develop the technical manpower of the company, TCN's management contractors - Manitoba International - had trained some of the technical staff abroad to acquire technical and strategic skills.

TCN's general manager Mr M.J. Lawal said the company's power lines accommodate a maximum voltage of 330kv and that its transmission coverage extends to Benin and Niger republics.

He said that despite the low power generation from the generation companies, plans were on to upgrade the transmission lines to accommodate more voltage to distribute to the distribution companies.

Lawal listed the challenges faced by the company to include poor office accommodation, lack of safety facilities and lack of training for the technical staff.

Responding, chairman of the Senate Committee on Privatization Olugbenga Obadara decried the low level of investment in power generation resulting in unstable and unreliable power supply in the country.

At the Nigeria Machine Tools (NMT) Limited, its managing director, Mr Norbert Chukumah, said since privatisation in 2007 the company had embarked on massive rehabilitation and upgrade of its facilities to bring it to modern standards.

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