National Grid

The Transmission Company of Nigeria Deploys New Technology To Improve National Grid Operation

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has developed a technology strategy to put a stop to the frequent issue regarding the fall of the national grid. The strategy tagged  “Internet of Thing” (IoT) and Virtual Private Network (VPN) to improve the National grid collapse.

On the 18th of August 2022, the lead Advocacy Team of the Nigerian Power Consumers Forum, Malam Yusuf Bako, in a statement at the federal capital territory, Abuja said that TCN made this strategy known in a forum with the group. 

Malam Yusuf Bako said “the technology was for real time grid operations and management to National Control Centre (NCC) in Osogbo, Osun”.

Purpose of the Strategy 

The technology is aimed to advance the real-time operations of the national grid, pending the time a long-term network automation system solution is found. In the same view, the managing director of TCN, Mr. Sule Abdulaziz described the effort as a good lead. 

Furthermore, Abdulaziz said “this came at a time when the Minister of Power, M Abubakar Aliyu, has asked agencies on inventive ways to enhance the supply of electricity to Nigerians”. He extends his appreciation message to the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of Power for the attention and investment the energy and electricity sector is getting. 

Managing Director of TCN Speaks

He said “we have gone far with the procurement of new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) or Energy Management System (EMS) schemes but we felt as a responsible company that is waiting for the new SCADA, we can deploy a stop-gap technology Which we have understudied in other countries to be very efficient in boosting real-time electricity grid monitoring”.

With the involvement of new players and collaborators, the company has been able to tame cases of the national grid collapsing. This was done through close monitoring operations at various power transmission substations nationwide.

The TCN manager. Abdulaziz, said TCN is building two national control centers; one in Abuja and the other at Osogbo. This alongside the technology system will help improve stability of the national grid. 

The Goal of TCN

The government is doing everything in its power to improve the power sector. Nigerians are hereby employed to guide and protect national resources. Nigerians are promised to experience stable and steady electricity supply as a result of the materials and investment from the government.

The Nigerians are told to be prepared to take part in electricity export as soon as the Regional Electricity Market (REM) of the West African Power Pool (WAPP) is launched.

Mr Micheal Okoh, Convener of the Nigerian Power Consumers Forum (NPCF) commended Mr Abdulaziz. He has also called on DisCos and other actors in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) to replicate similar actions to have collective impacts on the national grid and stop National grid collapse.