The minister of power, Barth Nnaji, says the installation of the System Control and Data Acquisition, SCADA, at the Transmission Company of Nigeria, Osogbo, will be completed in December.
This was made known during a 2-day facility tour of the company in Osogbo by Nnaji and the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku.
SCADA is used for monitoring and gathering operational data through Remote Terminal Units of power stations and substations across the country. Nnaji said this would ensure effective control of the nation’s power supply and improve power generation, distribution and transmission.
He added that the system will also make it easy to detect fault in any part of the transmission line.
He said that the contractor handling the installation had assured him that the system would be installed before the end of the year, adding that the country’s power generation will hit 5,000 megawatts by December.
The minister said that government would work hard to hit 6,000 megawatts generation target by 2012.
The general manager, System Operation Transmission Company of Nigeria, Jonathan Ndiagwalukwe, explained that although they had some challenges like generation, gas supply, distributions, poor performance of line relays and frequent tripping of critical transmission lines, but the company was tackling the challenges to attain government’s objectives in the sector.