The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said it has restored electricity supply to Birnin Gwari in Kaduna state, and Yauri in Kebbi state on Monday, 11 days after Tower No. 183 collapsed.
In a statement by the spokesperson, Seun Olagunju, TCN said the 132 kilovolt (kv) tower between Tegina and Kontagora in Niger State collapsed July 13, 2017 due to severe flooding that had eroded the base of the transmission tower, despite the fortification.
It said engineers were mobilized to the site who then constructed a by-pass tower which were erected with electricity restored to Birnin Gwari and Yauri on July 24.
TCN also said it will soon restore the primary circuit breaker damaged by angry youth in Tegina substation so it can be energised. Power supply to Kontagora substation it noted, would also be restored as soon as it completes repairs on the stations circuit breaker.
With the by-pass tower, TCN said normal transmission of electricity to Yauri and Birnin Gwari Emirates under Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company has resumed except for Tegina and Kontagora.
Meanwhile, it has commissioned a 40MVA transformer at its 132/33kV transmission sub-station at Mayo-Belwa in Adamawa state to improve power supply. TCN said the substation was energized on July 11, 2017, and that it has increased transmission capacity by 32 megawatts (mw) in Yola sub-region. The substation connects Ngurore 33kV Feeder and Mayo-Belwa 33kV Feeder to cover Ganye and other places in Taraba state.
It noted that with support from the Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai, TCN is building two 330kV substations in Kaduna and Zaria, and three 132kV substations at Rigasa, Kakau and Jaji, while reconstructing the Kaduna-Kano 330kV SC transmission line.
Source: Daily Trust