The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Thursday announced that the country’s power transmission capacity has increased by 600 megawatts after it recently energised the second Asaba-Benin double circuit 330kV transmission line that offload electricity from power plants in some part of south east and south south into the National Grid.
In a statement issued by the company’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, the TCN said the newly energised Asaba-Benin transmission line would provide alternative source of energy to the 330kV transmission sub-station in Asaba, Delta State.
It said the line, which was completed and not put to use since October 22, 2016, was finally commissioned into service after its engineers completed the relay setting at the Asaba and Benin end of the transmission line.
Mbah said, “The commissioning into service of the new transmission line brings to three, the number of 330kV transmission lines from the Onitsha axis to Benin. These three lines have the capacity to carry 600MW each.
“And with the new line, the total capability of the 330kV transmission lines on the Benin axis has increased from 1,200MW to 1,800MW.”
She stated that energising the new transmission line would provide alternate route for power flow from Benin to Onitsha, and would assist in ensuring system stability, flexibility and redundancy on the line route.
“This means that the TCN can transmit more power on this route and that fault or tripping of one of the lines would not affect power transmission in the area,” Mbah added.
The company also pledged to continue to invest in the expansion of the country’s power grid, adding that it was also executing several transmission lines, transformers and new sub-station projects in many locations nationwide.