The Transmission Company of Nigeria on Sunday announced that it had completed and energised a new 330/132kV transmission substation in Damaturu, Yobe State.
It said the contract for the substation was awarded to a local contractor in 2006 with the normal completion period of 18 months, but due to poor capacity, the project suffered unprecedented delay and variations in cost.
The General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Ndidi Mbah, said in view of the company’s pursuit of grid expansion, it refused to again extend the contract, which had expired long ago.
“Instead, the company handed over the completion of the project to the TCN task team about two months ago. The team completed the 330kV side of the substation two weeks back,” Mbah stated.
She said the new substation, which comprises 150MVA 330/132kV and 60MVA 132/33kV power transformers, was expected to greatly improve the quantity and quality of electricity supply to about six communities in Yobe State.
Mbah outlined the communities to include Gaidam, Buni Yagi, Buni Gari, Ngamdu, Baimari, Yunusari Damaturu metropolis and environs.
The TCN stated that prior to the completion of the new transmission substation, electricity voltage to Damaturu and its environs was poor due to very long 33kV distribution line from the Potiskum 132kV substation.
“As a result, the distribution infrastructure from Potiskum was unable to guarantee four hours of electricity daily to the area. The narrative will, however, change with the new 330/132/33kV Damaturu transmission substation,” it said.
The transmission firm also stated that several projects were currently ongoing in its network nationwide.
It reaffirmed its resolve to continue to pursue and implement the incremental power policy of the Federal Government by investing in capacity expansion initiatives through its Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme.