The Transmission Company of Nigeria has announced that five of its towers collapsed Friday due to an inferno caused by a vandalized pipeline along Isheri Olofin, off Igando – LASU expressway of Lagos State.
According to the company’s spokesperson,Ndidi Mbah, the massive damage to the 330kV Ikeja-West Akangba transmission line 1, resulted in burning off a large portion of the conductor and “this triggered a resistant pull on the high-tension towers along the line route causing five of them to collapse.
“As a result of the incident, there is a major reduction of bulk power wheeled to TCN’s 330/132/33kV Akangba Transmission Substation in Lagos. However, due to the fact that the substation takes supply from two different 330kV transmission lines, with the second being the redundant line, TCN will rearrange bulk electricity transmitted on that line route to the second 330kV previously carrying 59MW.
While the company is making frantic efforts to ensure restoration of power to the affected areas it implores Nigerians to desist from negative activities such as oil bunkering, etc
“Presently, TCN is successfully back-feeding the substations affected by the towers collapse, while the engineers are patrolling the second 330kV transmission line which tripped as a result of the incident, to ensure it has no fault before it is energized. Once it is energized, supply will be restored to all the substations affected by the incident from the second 330kV transmission line, as the load carried by the burnt 330kV line will now be transferred to the second line.
“Incidents such as this is a major setback to TCN’s concerted efforts in implementing its grid expansion and stability programme under its well-articulated Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme. This is because the re-erection of five towers and restringing of the 330kV transmission line is a major project that costs a lot of money and will take a while to complete.
“TCN is by this appealing to Nigerians to desist from activities such as oil bunkering, and other destructive tendencies, as they all have very far-reaching negative effects on the nation at large. The issue of protecting our national assets is imperative and must be taken very seriously so that the stability of the nation’s network and the development of the nation is not compromised.