A BRIEF HISTORY
The Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) in 2005, took step towards the Restructuring of the Nigerian Power Sector to establish an electricity supply that is efficient, reliable and cost-effective throughout the country in order to attract private investment. The then President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo signed into law the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSR Act), transferring the public monopoly of the defunct National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) to Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), which was unbundled into 18 companies; namely (6) Generation Companies, (1) Transmission Company of Nigeria and (11) Distribution Companies, all issued with Operational Licenses.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) which is one of the successors of the unbundled PHCN, is the only one that is government owned and is supervised by the Federal Ministry of Power. It has two major components; Transmission Service Provider (TSP), Independent System Operator (ISO), which is made up of System Operation and Market Operations.
TCN was issued two transmission licences on the 1st of July, 2006 for TSP and the ISO.
Transmission Service Provider (TSP)
The Transmission Service Provider (TS) was established to provide bulk power transmission infrastructure, operation, maintenance and interconnecting neighbouring countries. as a sub-sector, the TSP operates in a semi -autonomous manner.
As Transmission Service Provider (TSP):
a. Admits users who satisfy the requirements for admission in accordance with the Market Rules.
b. Evaluates and accepts Grid connections.
c. Ensures metering at all Connection Points.
d. Obtains necessary information from Generating and Distributing Companies of the Transmission Network to enable it perform adequate planning operations and development of the Transmission Network.
TSP’s covers the entire country with nine (9) transmission regions in Lagos, Oshogbo, Kaduna, Bauchi, Shiroro, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Benin and Abuja. It is made up of nine (9) Regional Offices, fifteen (15) Sub-regional Offices and twenty-two (22) Work Centres.