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Right Of Way Issues Stalls 330kV Kano To Katsina Transmission Line Project For 11Years, TCN

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After 11 years, work on the 330kV Kano to Katsina Transmission Line was stalled due to disagreements on right of way, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said that the project execution is set to commence.

The contract was awarded since 2010 but disagreements over right of way hindered the commencement of construction work on the project.

TCN Managing Director, Engr. Sule Abdulaziz revealed this while on inspection tour of the 330/132/33kV Katsina Substation project and the Rimi Zakara Substation in Kano at the weekend.

According to Abdulaziz, the transmission line that will bring bulk supply to the substation is from Kano and was earlier affected by Right of Way issues.

“TCN and the government are collaborating on this, processes have been completed and the contractor will soon be back to site to finish his work and we will be able to commission this substation”, he said.

Abdulaziz also recalled that the line was awarded around 2010, but the Right of Way issue in Kano affected the project execution.

According to him, “We have discussed with the Kano government, they have assisted us with paying for the land while TCN has concluded processes for the structures. So the contractor is now free to continue construction of towers and eventually the lines.

“We want to make sure that within the one year remaining for this administration, we will be able to complete that transmission line, so that Mr President will commission the project”

At the 330/132/33kV Rimin Zakara Substation in Kano State, the MD said: “We have started this project some years back and it has reached very high level of completion. As you can see, the transformers, the switch gears, everything here is now almost 80% complete and this is the second 330kV Substation in Kano.

“Everybody knows that after Lagos in Nigeria, the next city is Kano, but it has just one 330kV substation which is not enough, this new substation will bring to two the number of 330kV substations in Kano.”

The substation, he said is almost 80% completed and the transmission line that will bring power to substation is being executed. Noting “that is why the Minister of Power, Engineer Abubakar D. Aliyu, asked me to come for this visit to access the current state of project execution, to ensure the project is being executed properly”.

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