The board of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN’s) $210Million NTEP -1 projects.
TCN in a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Ms Ndidi Mbah, said the AfDB’s board took the decision on Wednesday at its headquarters in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
According to the statement, the NTEP is one of the projects under TREP financed by AfDB that is targeted at rehabilitating and expanding parts of the transmission grid in the North West, South South and the South East.
The project, the statement said, would reconstruct old transmission lines and build new ones as well as construct new substations, contributing to further increase in TCN’s transmission capacity.
TCN further stated that the NTEP-1 projects would address some transmission lines and substations requirements in the North West, South South and South East regions of the nation.
“In the North West, the projects that would be executed include the construction of 212KM Double Circuit 330kV Quad conductor (Kaduna to Kano); installation of 2x150MVA and 2x60MVA transformers and bay extensions in Zaria; installation of 2x150MVA and 2x60MVA transformers with associated bay feeders and bay extensions in Kaduna Millennium city.
“Also, it includes the installation of 2x60MVA transformers and outgoing feeders in Rigasa Kaduna; and the installation of 2x60MVA transformers and out–going feeders in jaji, Kaduna. The substations would all have turn in and turn out transmission lines.
“In the South South and Sourh East, NTEP-1would reconstruct the 107KM double circuit Delta-Benin transmission lines into a 330kV quad line; reconstruct the 138KM Alaoji- Ihiala – Onitsha Single Circuit line into 330kV Double Circuit Quad line”, the statement said.
TCN stated that the NTEP-2 which would execute projects mainly in the North East and parts of the central states of the nation is also in the pipeline and has reached advanced stage on the funding processing.
TCN assured that the present management of the company is determined to ensure that the projects are completed as scheduled, in line with its four-year Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme (TREP).
It added that the time frame for execution of all the NTEP-1 projects will be twenty-four (24) months after award of contracts.
TCN said though the approval has just been given, the company had already concluded Environmental Studies including Resettlement Action Plan in which people that would be affected by the acquisition of the Right of Way (RoW) for the proposed transmission lines were identified, the report had been submitted to AfDB.