The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said the current restricted power situation in parts of Abuja was a result of a truck loaded with gravel that lost control and crashed into the company’s 132 Kilo Volt (KV) transmission tower No 20,
Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, TCN’S General Manager, Public Affairs made this known in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.
Mbah said that the incident occurred at about 2.55 pm Tuesday and brought down the tower, adding that life was lost.
She said that the tower supplies bulk electricity to the 100 Mega Volt Ampere (MVA) part of the Katampe Substation and 2x60MVA Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS( Central Area Substation.
”Consequent upon the incident, there is restricted power outage in Maitama, Wuse, Central Area, and some parts of Garki,” she said.
According to her, the company is working assiduously to put in place a bypass from the Katampe Substation to the GIS substation in the Central Area to restore power supply to the area and environs
”Attempts are being made by TCN engineers to remove the conductors presently lying on the road to ensure ease of movement around the area.
”Presently, TCN’S engineers are at the site of the incident and are already assessing the level of damage and attempting to put in place remedial installation in the form of a temporary by-pass to restore electricity supply to the affected areas, ”she said.
Mbah also said that after the restoration of power to the tower, TCN would commence the dismantling and reconstruction of a new transmission tower to replace the damaged one.
TCN assures that its engineering lines crew are making every effort to restore power supply and notes that supply will be restored as soon as possible,” she said.