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AfDB approves $210m to boost electricity transmission


The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved $210 million to boost
electricity transmission in Nigeria.
In a statement on Thursday, Ndidi Mbah, general manager of public
affairs at the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), said the bank
made the approval at its board meeting in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, on
Mbah said the money will be deployed in the NTEP-1 projects under the
transmission rehabilitation and expansion programme (TREP) funded by
The TCN spokesperson said the projects involve rehabilitating and
expanding the transmission grid in the north-east, south-south and the
According to her, old transmission lines will be reconstructed and new
ones will be built.
“Also, the advert for the pre-qualification of contractors had been
carried out under advance procurement and evaluation of submissions
from consultants that submitted ‘Expression of Interests for the
procurement of consultancy for the project is ongoing,” she said.
“Adopting the use of advance procurement in the execution of its
projects, which has given TCN lead time, reducing procurement period
by 6months.
“NTEP-1 projects would address some transmission lines and substations
requirements in the North West, South-South and South-East regions of
the nation.
“In the North West, the projects that would be executed include the
construction of 212KM Double Circuit 330kV Quad conductor (Kaduna to
Kano); installation of 2x150MVA and 2x60MVA transformers and bay
extensions in Zaria; installation of 2x150MVA and 2x60MVA transformers
with associated bay feeders and bay extensions in Kaduna Millennium
city; installation of 2x60MVA transformers and outgoing feeders in
Rigasa Kaduna; and the installation of 2x60MVA transformers and
outgoing feeders in Jaji, Kaduna. The substations would all have turn
in and turn out transmission lines.
“In the South-South and South-East, NTEP-1 would reconstruct the 107KM
double circuit Delta-Benin transmission lines into a 330kV quad line;
reconstruct the 138KM Alaoji- Ihiala – Onitsha Single Circuit line
into 330kV Double Circuit Quad line.
“TCN noted that NTEP-2 which would execute projects mainly in the
North East and parts of the central states of the nation is also in
the pipeline and has reached an advanced stage on the funding

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