As part of its plan to boost transmission of power in the country, the Federal Government has commenced a long-term master plan aimed at increasing transmission capacity to 28,000 Megawatts (MW) by the year 2035. The disparity in figures between power generation and transmission has led to the creation of underutilized power. The 20-year transmission master plan, targeting a wheeling capacity of 10,000 megawatts of electricity by 2020 was presented by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
Interim Managing Director of TCN, Usman Gur Mohammed, who presented the plan to Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, noted that the company engaged Fitchner of Germany in November 2015 under Nigeria Electricity and Gas Improvement Programme (NEGIP), financed by World Bank and was ready on December 22, 2017.
The officials of Fitchner GmbH & Co, K.G. of Germany in their presentations, explained that 387MW will be exported from the 10,000MW target of 2020. According to the officials “The transmission capacity would reach 15,000MW with 1,540MW marked for export in 2025. By 2030, the electricity grid will have a 23,000MW wheeling capacity and 28,000MW by 2035 from which 2,000MW will be available for export.”
Dr. Liliana Oprea, Power Analyst for the consultancy firm, revealed that the master plan integrates training from TCN staff and rehabilitation of many transmission substations financed by several international agencies, including the World Bank and African Development Bank (AfDB).
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing Fashola noted that the presidential directive of the present administration changed things and that it was followed with policies and budgetary support, which helped TCN to clear 502 containers to complete several transmission projects to improve electricity supply. The Minister emphasized that the plan was to ensure that in future, there was no excuse of stranded power generation not being evacuated as the government was planning for the future. He posited that “In future, we should no longer have a story of stranded power. That is the power that is produced but not utilised because of no transmission and evacuation means” while revealing at the meeting that the TCN has improved its capacity to transmit electricity by 2000MW from 5,000MW to 7,000MW so as to boost power transmission in the country.