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FEC Approves 93km Transmission Line to Stabilize National Grid

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the construction of a 93-kilometer transmission line to stabilize the national grid. This decision was among several major outcomes from the FEC meeting on Tuesday.

The council approved three proposals from the Ministry of Power aimed at improving the nation’s power infrastructure.

According to Adebayo Adelabu, the Minister of Power, the first approval is for the purchase of 10 transformers and 10 reactors for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) at a total cost of $4.8 million and N102 million.

Adelabu explained that this will enhance the national grid’s performance, reduce electrical shock risks, prevent equipment damage, and protect personnel from high voltage effects.

The second approval is for the construction of a 93-kilometer transmission line at Oji River/9th Mile for a 132-kilovolt double circuit transmission line, costing $33.9 million and N10.1 million. This project aims to stabilize and expand the national grid’s capacity in line with the national grid expansion plan and the presidential power initiative.

The third approval is for the supply and installation of 15 units of emergency restoration systems for 330 KV and 132 KV transmission lines. This is intended to quickly repair vandalized and damaged power infrastructure and is valued at $14 million. This measure responds to the impact of vandalism, particularly in the northeast, where a blackout has persisted for two weeks.

Adelabu noted that TCN is working on repairing the vandalized assets and aims to restore normalcy in the region by the end of May. He emphasized that the emergency restoration system will ensure a 24/7 uninterrupted power supply, reiterating the government’s commitment to providing stable, sustainable, and cost-effective power while planning for future growth.

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