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TCN attributes periodic failures of national electrical grid to power-producing and distribution firms.

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TCN attributes periodic failures of national electrical grid to power-producing and distribution firms.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has attributed the periodic failures of the national electrical grid to the power-producing and distribution firms.

It, therefore, has requested that the Gencos and Discos “up their games” in terms of providing electricity.

The Chairman, of the Technical and Monitoring Committee and member of the governing board of TCN, Nsima Ekere, disclosed the margins of a two-day official visit and inspection of the TCN store at Ojo and other transmission stations in Lagos by the board.

He mentioned that in order for Nigerians to have some degree of power stability, the Gencos and Discos must make sufficient investments in their networks and infrastructure.

He also said that since the generating and utility companies were to blame for the errors, TCN was not at fault for the subpar services provided to power consumers.

Ekere urged enterprises that generate and distribute electricity to increase their distribution and production capabilities.

He said: “When this board came on stream, we were concerned about the issue of grid collapse. Then we set up a committee to look into the issue and we saw that it is a complex issue.

“The fault is not TCN. It is from the Gencos and Discos because sometimes when we tell them to take more power, they take less. All these impacts negatively on the grid.

“That customers are able to get power does not depend on TCN capacity alone. The Gencos and Discos have to generate and distribute enough power for supply to improve.”

He said TCN was in the process of installing a SCADA system, which according to him, would help create stability and eliminate grid collapse.

Other TCN stations visited by the board include Ikeja West/330/312kV transmission station, Alagbon, Lekki, and a stop at the Eko Atlantic.

The national grid has collapsed about eight times this year.

Chris Okonkwo, the general manager of TCN Lagos, stated that the equipment’s ongoing auditing at the Ojo store will be completed in the following month before it was deployed to various substations for use.

Approximately 20 of the 40 transformers TCN has received so far have been deployed to substations across the state, he continued.

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