Storm de­stroys four elec­tric­ity tow­ers in Niger

Daily Trust - - ELECTRICITY - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The Trans­mis­sion Com­pany of Nigeria (TCN) has said four trans­mis­sion tow­ers have been de­stroyed by heavy rain­fall along Tegina-Kon­tagora power line in Niger state last Fri­day just as it says its en­gi­neers have mo­bilised to site for the con­struc­tion of a tem­po­rary trans­mis­sion bye-pass.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the TCN As­sis­tant Gen­eral Man­ager (Pub­lic Af­fairs), Dave Ifabiyi, the by-pass line would tem­po­rar­ily re­place the 132kV trans­mis­sion line from Tegina to Kotan­gora, which was de­stroyed.

TCN said the four trans­mis­sion tow­ers num­bers, 48, 49, 50 and 51 were de­stroyed as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent at Cor­ner Mariga af­ter Tegina, caus­ing power out­age in the area; and se­quel to the loss, it could not trans­mit elec­tric­ity power on the 132kV trans­mis­sion line from Shi­roro to Kotan­gora.

“De­tect­ing the fault area on the line, TCN lines en­gi­neers promptly iso­lated the de­fec­tive axis of the 132kV trans­mis­sion line from Tegina to Kotan­gora and re-en­er­gized Shi­roro to Tegina line,” the state­ment read in part.

It noted that the com­pany is mak­ing con­certed ef­forts to re­store sup­ply to Kon­tan­gora and Yawuri towns by con­struct­ing a bye-pass that would di­vert power tem­po­rary from the fallen tow­ers to Kon­tagora, Yawuri and en­vi­rons.

It said the Shi­roro-Tegina 132 kV trans­mis­sion line was re­stored same day with sub­se­quent power sup­ply be­ing re­stored Meriga, Tegina, Birinin Gwari and sub­urbs.

It said 132 poles are al­ready in Kotan­gora and are be­ing moved to the var­i­ous con­struc­tion sites along with other ma­te­ri­als that would be used for the con­struc­tion of the tem­po­ral trans­mis­sion line bye-pass that would sal­vage the sit­u­a­tion in the af­fect ar­eas well as Kotan­gora and Yawuri towns within 10 days.

The com­pany pledged to fast track the con­struc­tion of the trans­mis­sion bye-pass to en­sure prompt restora­tion of power sup­ply while it plans the per­ma­nent re­con­struc­tion of the af­fected tow­ers.

One of the elec­tric­ity tow­ers de­stroyed by storm along Tegina-Kon­tagora power line in Niger state last Fri­day

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