TCN, the Transmission Company of Nigeria, on Friday, suffered collapse of five of its electricity towers in parts of Lagos.
The collapse is reported to have occurred as a result of an outbreak of fire on a gas pipeline along Isheri Olofin, off Igbando – LASU Expressway.
Ndidi Mbah, TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, said the fire damaged the 330kV Ikeja-West Akangba transmission Line 1, burning off a large portion of the conductor.
This led to the collapse of the high-tension towers along the line route.
Mbah said, “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.”
Ndidi Mbah provided hope to electricity consumers that the TCN was successfully back-feeding the substations affected by the towers collapse.
“Once it is energised, 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,” she added.
TCN explained that the re-erection of five towers and restringing of the 330kV transmission line is a major project, under the grid expansion plan.