Abuja – Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has received $170 million credit from the Agence Française de Development (AFD) to finance the reinforcement of transmission capacity for stable and reliable electricity supply around Abuja.
Deputy Ambassador of France to Nigeria, Mr Audren De Kerdrel Guillaume, gave the figure Monday during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Abuja Feeding Scheme.
Guillaume assured that AFD was committed to the completion of the project that would improve the standard of living of the people and impact positively on the socio-economic well being of Abuja residents.
Also speaking, Usman Gur Mohammed, Managing Director of TCN, said the project, when completed will add 1,380MVA transformer capacity which is equivalent to 624MW to the grid.
Gur Mohammed said the increase in capacity will improve supply within Abuja and its environs as well as positively impact the socio-economic wellbeing of the people.
He said the project comprises five substations, 330kV and 132kV transmission lines, confirming that it is being funded by Agence Francaise de Development (AFD).
Gur Mohammed also disclosed that the contract for the project includes design, manufacture, supply, installation and commissioning of transmission lines and associated substation projects.
“This is groundbreaking ceremony is to signify the official commencement of construction work on the Abuja Feeding Scheme,” he said.
He said that Lots 1 and 2 is expected to be completed in 24 months each while that of Lots three to six are 18 months each, adding that issues associated with way leave and resettlement of the project affected persons have been resolved.
Giving background to the project, Gur Mohammed, said successful companies that would execute the project were selected after the evaluation of bids submitted, adding that TCN had invited bids from eligible bidders for the design, manufacture, supply, installation and commissioning of 330/132/33KV Substations in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in six lots through a publication in DG-Market, two local newspapers on March 6, 2016 as well as TCN, website.
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