Richard Ginika Izuora
Worried by consistent grid collapse in the country, the Federal Government has unveiled a new technology to deal with challenges facing the country’s grid.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, said the technology, which consists of the Internet of Things and a virtual private network, was deployed by the government through the Commission to monitor real-time grid operations and mitigate power system disruptions, according to company officials.
The long-term network automation system will strengthen the power grid management at the National Control Center in Osogbo, Osun State, to improve the real-time operation of the national power grid.
Nigeria’s power grid has recorded a series of collapses this year that have plunged many parts of the country into darkness.
For example, on July 22, 2022, reported that the grid’s power generation plummeted from over 3,900 megawatts to 3 MW when it collapsed on July 20, 2022.
The collapse of the grid on July 20, 2022 marks the sixth time the system has crashed in 2022. The country’s power system collapsed twice, in March this year, and twice in April.
Oriental News reports that In the last twelve and a half years, spanning the period from 2010 to the first half of 2022, Nigeria’s power grid suffered at least 222 partial and total collapses.
To reduce the rate of grid failures, Minister of Power Abubakar Aliyu said the Federal Government would fast-track the purchase and installation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.
Electricity generation on the grid continues to fluctuate due to various concerns such as gas constraints, water management challenges and gas pipeline sabotage.
But TCN said Wednesday that its new technology will improve grid monitoring and help manage it going forward.
“The deployment of the smart grid system is an advanced stage in the procurement process for rolling out state-of-the-art supervisory control and data acquisition/energy management systems,” said the general manager of public relations. , Ndidi Mbah said:
TCN operates a national power grid with over 20,000km of 330- and 132-kilovolt transmission lines. It is said to be one of the few largest grids in Africa.
Today, Nigeria’s power grid consists of high-voltage substations with a proven transmission capacity of 7,300 megawatts and is still expanding.
The transmission system is being reformed by the TCN as the Nigerian electricity market, which consists of generation, transmission and distribution companies, prepares for a competitive market phase away from a transitional phase of more than seven years.
This new phase means that every transaction is based on a contract of optimal customer service delivery.
And to test this, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has pushed for service level agreements in 2021. This has become binding on all operators to improve their service offerings to power users.
The TCN Managing Director Sule Abdulaziz said the NCC’s control room was solely responsible for all activities related to grid network data acquisition, real-time grid operation and management for optimal service delivery.
The company said it has accelerated the digitization of grid operations.