For fault detection on its transmission line network across the country, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says it plans to acquire a fleet of helicopter.
The Managing Director, Mr Usman Mohammed, made this public in Abuja while speaking on the sideline of a three-day International Conference on Energy, Power Systems Operations and Planning.
The theme of the conference is: “Empowering Micro Grid with Smart Grid Attributes Development in U.S. and Africa’’, and it is organised by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in collaboration with Howard University, and with support from the National Science Foundation, U.S.
Already, Mohammed said the company has about four helicopters that had been put on sale.
“We have advertised them and we have done the evaluation. We are going to forward the evaluation to the appropriate authority for approval and once it is approved, we are going to buy other helicopters that will solve our problem.
“There are modern helicopters with fitted gadgets that will help us to identify faults on the lines,‘’ he said.
Mohammed said the power industry was also trying to focus on research to solve the challenges in the sector.
“We have a lot of challenges and there is no difference between researches that are taking place in our universities and the industries.
“We are now trying to focus our researches to the power industry, which means that we are going to support researches, so that they can analyse and help us in solving our power problems,‘’ he said.