Against recent comments from some stakeholders in the nation’s power sector accusing the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) of being the weakest link in the value chain owing to poor infrastructure, the General Manager (GM), Public Affairs, Seun Olagunju, has said the capacity of the national grid has improved significantly in the last few years to about 6, 500 megawatts.
Speaking during a chat with LEADERSHIP in Abuja, Olagunju said it was baseless and unfair for anyone to ignore the efforts being made by TCN to reposition the grid for improved transmission targeted at incremental power supply and say TCN facilities are the problem of effective power supply in the country.
“As at the time of privatisation in 2013, the capacity of the grid hovered between 4, 000 and 4, 500 MWs, but now it is in the region of 6, 000 to 6, 500 MWs. If the capacity of the grid has not improved, how did TCN manage to evacuate and wheel out the 5, 074 MWs generated in 2015 which remains the highest so far in the history of the country?” she explained.
She noted that those who are peddling such allegations fail to see the transmission projects that have been commissioned by the Hon. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, SAN, around the country recent times.
Recall that TCN recently explained to the public why it has been giving directives for the electricity generating companies (GenCos) to reduce generation, saying such directives became imperative in the interest of the dignity of the grid.