Transmission Company of Nigeria on Monday, February 12, 2018, announced that it has attained a wheeling capacity of 7,124 MW transmission capacity of electricity to the Distribution Companies. The Information is part of the communiqué issued in Abuja on at the end of the 24th monthly Ministerial meeting with operators of the Power Sector.
TCN had announced plans to expand its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme in line with its 20 year Plan. The communiqué reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to improving electricity service delivery through the development of policy initiatives like the N701 billion Payment Assurance Guarantee to generating companies.
The government insists it will improve service delivery in the sector to include eligible customer regulations in metering, and distribution expansion to distribute the approximately stranded 2000MW of electricity. It said the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trader had noted that the Federal Executive Council had also approved valuation of approximately N27 billion debts owed by Ministries, Departments, and Agencies to distribution companies and said the debts would be deducted from the current debts owed by the DISCOS to NBET.
The communiqué further added that NBET had applied to the appropriate agencies to pay an equivalent sum to the Generating Companies and said that the Niger Delta Power Holding Company of Nigeria had announced that Egbema and Okija communities were now connected to the national grid. It added also that the connection equipment had been handed over to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company and noted that significant progress was reported on the Nnewi – Ihiala, Ikot Ekpene -Afam and Daura- Kazaure lines.
According to the communiqué, the NDPHC had also noted that the committee to review abandoned distribution projects across the country has been constituted and should complete work by the end of the first quarter of 2018. On the other hand, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission reported on the performance of the sector in 2017 saying: “NERC noted an improvement by DisCos in complaint resolution, metering, and energy delivered in 2017. As compared to 2016. “Eko DisCo was listed as the overall best performing DisCo.”
TCN further reported an improved performance in 2017 compared to 2016, with a higher peak transmission of 5,222MW in 2017 against 5,075MW in 2016. This revealed fewer system collapses and shorter interruption disruptions were recorded in 2017 compared to 2016. It announced that Olorunsogo I, Calabar and Omotosho I NIPPs were jointly identified as the best performing gas plants in 2017 showing improved availability, while Jebba was voted best performing Hydro plant.