FG TARGETS 2019 FOR 10 GW THROUGH TRANSMISSION INFRASTRUCTURE

The Federal Government said, it is targeting 2019 for the attainment of 10 Gigawatts (GW) of electricity in the national grid through the implementation of the Transmission, Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme (TREP) of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, gave this indication in his keynote address at the opening of the two day workshop on SCADA, EMS and TELECOMS organized by the TCN on Wednesday, 26th June 2018, in Abuja.

The Minister who was represented at the occasion by the Permanent Secretary (Power), Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Louis  Edozien, said on completion, TCN’S TREP was expected to stabilize, expand and provide necessary flexibility and redundancy for a 10 GW national grid that meets the needs of  industry operators and their customers.

According to him, to achieve this goal, TREP must deliver a functional Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Energy Management System (EMS) for the use of TCN, as the operator of the national grid and other industry operators including regulators such as Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Nigeria Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA).

He noted that TCN cannot operate effectively without functional SCADA, EMS and telecommunication system given it status as a national company with network of transmission, substations, rights of way, property, operations and staff that traverse the length and breadth of Nigeria with interconnectivity in Benin and Niger Republics, under the auspice of West African Power Pool (WAPP).
Mr. Fashola also stated that the past efforts by TCN to deliver a functional SCADA, EMS and telecommunication system in 1990 and 2004 have clearly not achieved the desired results. This he said was due to lack of wider consultations with the eventual users and beneficiaries of SCADA and EMS on their needs, expectations and approaches to achieving them which this workshop seeks to remedy.

He further stated that in view of importance, the Federal Government attaches to SCADA, it included it in the recently approved World Bank financed component of TREP. He noted that“The new SCADA and EMS system was expected to optimize existing facilities and procure new system for complete roll out of an effective supervision, control and monitoring of all power stations and substations connected to the National Grid”.

The Minister therefore called on all participants who in different ways must be part of this current effort to success to review thoroughly the EDF’s SCADA scoping report, to enable TCN procure an efficient SCADA system.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr. Usman Gur Mohammed, stated that effort to install functional SCAD, EMS and Telecoms facility in TCN prompted the current management in February, 2017, to set up a SCADA Review Committee headed by Head ISO, Engr Maman Lawal  to provide reasons why the previous attempts failed.

Mr. Mohammed stated that the recommendations of the committee which were far reaching, formed part of the implementation of TREP and also informed the launched of SCADA, EMS and Telecoms Scoping to the EDF of France. He noted that on receipt of the EDF report in December 2017, TCN decided to organize this workshop as part of the quality control measures to review the scoping report to enhance quality of the document and final procurement.

According to him “We believe with the contributions of all the stakeholders’ present here, TCN would be appropriately positioned to acquire a state-of-the-art, world class SCADA-EMS facility that would stand the test of time.”

He therefore expressed appreciation to all participants who have travelled across continents to the workshop and said he looked forward to sustained collaboration in the future.
The workshop featured report presentation by the Consultant, the EDF of France on SCADA-EMS and Adaptation Works, System Protection and Interface Issues, Telecommunications and System Operations and Planning.

Participants at the workshop include; SCADA, EMS and Telecommunication experts, representatives of Original Equipment Manufacturers of SCADA system and components of transmission network that the SCADA system control, international transmission grid operators from India, Canada, Italy and Ghana, Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and others stakeholders.



MD/CEO Gur Mohammed. Addressing attendees at the Workshop.

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Eric Ephraim Ene

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