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Transmission company to deploy software to check grid collapse

Mr Nsima said when grid collapse became rampant, the board set up an ad hoc committee to look into the matter.

• November 21, 2022
Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN)
Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN)

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says it will acquire a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) to check frequent grid collapse and energy rejection by Distribution Companies (DISCOs).

Ekere Nsima, the chairman, governing board of TCN, said this during a visit by the board to its warehouse and some substations on Monday in Lagos.

SCADA system is software used to monitor and control an electrical grid system based on information collected from substations within the system.

Mr Nsima said when grid collapse became rampant, the board set up an ad hoc committee to look into the matter.

“I am the co-chair of the committee, and we went around, we understood that the issue of grid collapse and liability is a complex issue.

“I can tell you the fault is not from TCN. We have seen what the issues are; a lot from Generation Companies (GENCOs) and DISCOs,” he said.

According to him, most times, when energy is transmitted to them, much of the power is not used, affecting the frequency and ultimately negatively impacting the grid.

“When the DISCOs were given to the private sector, if you recollect, there were some investments they were supposed to make within a certain period to enhance their operation, but unfortunately, they didn’t.

“Also, right now, because they didn’t make the investments, they are not able to distribute the power they get today from generation and transmission.

“The SCADA will help ascertain how much is generated and transmitted. They will stop blaming us, and Nigerians will see it themselves.

“So, TCN is in the process of installing a SCADA system, and we know that once this is in place and deployed, it will help to get substance with grid collapse and liability,” he said.

During the visit, the chairman expressed happiness with the equipment condition at the Ojo warehouse and its Lagos West substations in Ayobo and Alagbon.

“With what we have seen here and what TCN is doing, our wheeling capacity is gradually improving.

“But we have to make sure that the generating companies are generating enough, and we also have to make sure that the DisCos can distribute.

“We are appealing to DISCOs and GENCOs to step up their game, work on their infrastructure and improve on their capacities to take power so that they can distribute and let Nigerians enjoy some level of stability,” he said.


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