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Power Minister Visits Osogbo NCC, Assures Nigerians of Robust Electricity Supply

The Minister of Power, Engr. Sale Mamman has assured Nigerians of a robust and reliable power supply.

Mamman gave the assurance in Osogbo during a familiarisation visit to the National Control Centre at the Transmission Company of Nigeria.

He said the visit was to do an on the spot assessment of the National Control Centre and thereafter take immediate actions as to solving pockets of identified challenges confronting the centre.

The minister said, “I am here to see and listen to their challenges so as to take action on it immediately. The major problem we have is a a problem of SCADA/EMS that is not fully active. Because most of our substation 330, 132, are not SCADA they are not well connected. By the time they are all connected we will have less problem of understanding what is happening in the distribution company or in our generation stations.

“We are here to see that all the generating stations connected here are synchronized and then distributed to various parts of this country”.

Engr. Mamman noted that the country generated the highest energy of over 115,000 megawatt and also attained a generation of over 5,520 megawatt for the first in the history.

He said “Things are improving, since I assume duty, for the first time we have generated the highest energy in this country. Over 115,000 megawatt and we have also attained a generation of over 5,520 megawatt which is the first in the history of this country.

“We are also told that for the first time, this year is the least system collapse that we have. The system are now stable, robust and constants”.

In a remark, the acting General Manager, National Control Centre, Abdullah Balarabe had rolled out some of the achievement of the company which include, peak generation attained in the electricity industry, maximum daily energy generated and sustenance of grid without system collapse.

He said “we only had four and zero collapse from January, 2020 till date. Grid generation has increased to 13,014.40MW due to synchronisation in Dadin – Kowa Hydro power plant. This has led to improvement in the voltage within the axis”.

But the general manager noted that the NCC was not without a number of operation challenges in generation, transmission and distribution sectors.

Balarabe however commended the efforts of the minister and the Managing Director for effective Grid operations and management towards actualising the new SCADA/EMS facilities in due course.

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