FG acquires technology to monitor and prevent network collapse

The Federal Government has deployed new technology as a stopgap solution to the challenges facing the Nigerian power grid, the Transmission Company of Nigeria said.

Company officials said the technology, including Internet of Things and Virtual Private Network, has been deployed by the government through TCN to monitor network operations in real time and help mitigate the power system collapse. .

It was also estimated that the installation would strengthen power grid management at Osogbo National Control Center in Osun State as it would improve the real-time operations of the national grid, pending the deployment of a long-term network automation system.

The Nigerian power grid has recorded a series of blackouts this year, plunging many parts of the country into darkness on these occasions.

On July 22, 2022, for example, the punch exclusively reported that power generation on the grid fell from over 3,900 megawatts to 3 MW when the grid collapsed on July 20, 2022.

The network collapse on July 20, 2022 made this the sixth time the system has crashed in 2022. On June 13, the punch reported a grate collapse. The country’s power system collapsed twice in March and twice in April this year.

Power generation on the grid has continued to fluctuate due to various concerns such as gas constraints, water management issues, and gas pipeline vandalism, among others.

But the TCN said on Wednesday that with its new technology, the power grid would benefit from improved monitoring, as it would help its management in the future.

“The deployment of the smart grid system is at an advanced stage in the procurement process for a robust deployment of a large-scale, state-of-the-art energy management and data acquisition/monitoring control system,” said said the Director General, Public Affairs. , said Ndidi Mbah.

TCN operates the national power grid with over 20,000 km of 330 and 132 kilovolt transmission lines, which are said to be among the few largest transmission networks in Africa.

At present, Nigeria’s transmission network consists of high-voltage substations with a proven transmission capacity of 7,300 megawatts, and continues to expand.

This transmission system is being reformed by TCN as the Nigerian electricity market, which includes generation, transmission and distribution companies, prepares for a competitive market phase away from the transition phase it has experienced for over seven years.

This new step means that all transactions are based on contracts with optimal customer service delivery.

And to test this, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission pushed for the Service Level Agreement in 2021 which became binding on all operators to ensure better service delivery to electricity users. .

TCN Managing Director Sule Abdulaziz said the company has boosted the digitization of network operations as the NCC control room is solely responsible for all network network data acquisition related activities, real-time network operations and management for optimal service delivery.

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