Power: Supply Drops To 480 MegaWatts


The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, on Monday, November 16, stated that country’s overall power generation took a nose dive to 3763.4 megawatts (MW) from 4243.4MW as a result of the vandalism of one of its transmission towers in the eastern supply loop.

In a statement in Abuja, TCN said the tower, No. 62, which is along the Okpai-Onitsha 330kV double circuit transmission line and evacuate power generated from the Okpai Power Station in Delta State was vandalized.

The statement also revealed that the incident which took place at Asaba Uchi, Ndokwa East Local Government Area on November 10 has resulted in the sharp drop of available power to the national grid by about 480MW.

According to the ministry of power, Nigeria’s electricity generation level as at Monday stood at 4243.4MW.

“At about 4:51 a.m. on November 10, 2015, the Okpai-Onitsha 330kV transmission line tripped and the cause of the tripping was traced to tower No: 62, which had been vandalized. Two of the four legs of the transmission tower were cut by vandals, causing the tower to hang precariously,”TCN said.

“This poses a major threat to transmission grid integrity as a total collapse of this tower could bring down several other towers along the transmission line route.”





Goke Alabi

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