TCN MD, Mohammed Usman
Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has advocated for a regulation by the country’s power regulatory body, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to protect its transformers in the event of any damage caused by Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos).
The company’s Managing Director, Mohammed Usman, made this call recently in an interview with journalists showing concern about the situation.
The TCN boss made it known that the inability of the DisCos to invest in their distribution infrastructure had resulted in the use of some of TCN’s transformers by DisCos to supply electricity. This has sometimes resulted in the breakdown of the transformers after use.
Mohammed asserted that “Under the grid code, everybody has their responsibility; we have our responsibility; and distribution companies have their responsibility. And where they fail to invest, it is not our problem that they fail to invest, but their lack of investment is affecting our system when we are connected to them. And that is why I am telling NERC that we are writing a petition that those areas where they are taking supply directly from our transformers because they have failed to build their own injection sub-station.”
He stated further, “We are going to ask NERC to put it as a rule to say that if our transformers get spoilt because of the DisCos’ failure to invest, they are going to compensate us. Because if they connect directly from our station without passing through their injection station; if there is a fault on their line, it will hit our transformers directly. Sometimes, they will come and say the fault has been cleared and TCN will restore supply, while they did not truly clear the fault and then that will scatter our transformer. We are saying, if such thing happens, we are going to write a petition asking NERC to do a regulation that will protect us.’’
Mohammed added that given the presence of several uncompleted transmission projects by some contractors in the past, TCN management was taking over the expired contracts.