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TCN SEEKS REGULATION TO PROTECT USE OF TRANSMISSION EQUIPMENT
15 October, 2018
MD/CEO, Transmission Company of Nigeria, Usman Gur Mohammed

Managing Director/CEO, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Usman Gur Mohammed has made a call for a special regulatory cover for the Company's transmission facilities by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to protect its transformers in the event of any damage caused by Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos), especially heavy – duty transformers across the country which he said are frequently impacted by electricity accidents from the various electricity distribution companies.

According to him, the inability of the DisCos to invest in their distribution infrastructure had resulted in the use of some of TCN’s transformers by DisCos to supply electricity, which had sometimes resulted in the breakdown of the transformers.

Pointing out that “Under the Grid Code, everybody has their responsibility; we have our responsibilities; the distribution companies have their responsibilities. While they fail to invest in their networks, it affects our systems. When we are connecting to them, we have to insist that if our transformer or something else get spoilt because of lack of investment on their side, they will have to pay us.” Mohammed stated

He explained that the TCN had lost some of its transformers to accidents caused by the DisCos, because according to him, the DisCos are often connected directly to TCN’s substations instead of to their various injection substations from which they should supply to their network, thus endangering the transformers on occasions of electricity accidents

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