SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF WEST AFRICAN POWER POOL EXECUTIVE BOARD

SPEECH DELIVERED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF WEST AFRICAN POWER POOL EXECUTIVE BOARD, AT THE KICK OFF MEETING OF THE LINE ROUTE, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT STUDY FOR THE SECOND IKEJA WEST-SAKETE 330KV DC TRANSMISSION LINE

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It gladdens my heart to witness the kickoff of this study, which was conceived by WAPP and supported by NEPAD facility in the African Development Bank (AfDB).  The second Ikeja West-Sekete 330kV double circuit transmission line is necessary as existing single circuit will soon be constrained as demand for more energy from the grid increases.  This is palpable considering that TCN has achieved remarkable system stability, following the implementation of free governor frequency responsive control action, which has heightened the prospects for the interconnection of the Nigerian Grid network with those of the neighboring countries. Recently, WAPP constituted a committee to synchronize power from Nigeria with the rest of West Africa.  TCN is working hard to completely stabilize the grid by instituting adequate spinning reserve and functional SCADA/EMS facility.

Though TCN is no longer the weakest link in the power value chain in Nigeria, it is however, fast tracking the implementation of several projects supported by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN).  TCN has come up with Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme (TREP) that has been endorsed by the Federal Government of Nigeria and several other donors.  The TREP seeks to expand the Nigerian grid to about 20,000MW in three years.  It is also intended to support the current institutional reform that would make the TCN a 21st century compliant transmission company.  TCN’s staff are passionate and this has been demonstrated by the effort they have mustered in ensuring the organization plays its roles effectively.

TCN Management has deployed in-house capacity to install transformers all over the country; this is being done at a cost less that 10% of what TCN pays contractors.  TCN staff, also, solely scoped and did feasibility studies of some of the projects under TREP; this was done to the satisfaction of the Donors.  In turn, most of the Donors have endorsed the use of advance procurement technique by the TCN.  This approach to project implementation is novel in Nigeria and would shorten the time between project conception and eventual delivery.

Under this strategy framework, TCN has re-organized and strengthened its project implementation processes. It is no longer the norm to implement projects at the Corporate Headquarters, the regional offices are being empowered to do more.

TCN has reviewed and strengthened its procurement machinery by changing the selection and qualification criteria.  This will make it impossible for contractors who failed to perform in the past to win contracts in TCN.

As the biggest financial contributor to WAPP, TCN is interested in strengthening WAPP to play its roles as conceived by the founding fathers.  It is in this respect that TCN is supporting not only the network expansion programmes, but also, institutional reforms aimed at re-positioning WAPP.  TCN would continue to honor its responsibilities and obligations in funding WAPP, to ensure its laudable objectives are achieved.

Thank you for your attention.

Usman Gur Mohammed

Interim MD/CEO TCN and Chairman WAPP Executive Board.

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