Nationwide blackout worsens as fire consume TCN control equipment

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Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, had said that a fire incident which occurred at its Afam VI power station in Rivers State had completely destroyed the firm’s protection and control equipment.

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The incident has worsened the power generation in the country.

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General Manager, Public Affairs of TCN, Mrs. Seun Olagunju, explained in a statement on Saturday disclosed the equipment destroyed were located in TCN’s relay and control room.

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She said the development had prevented the evacuation of guaranteed 450 megawatts of electricity generated by the station.

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Olagunju recalled that the fire incident, which occurred around 6:58 am Wednesday, completely destroyed the transmission company’s equipment at the power station.

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She, however, said the cause of the inferno had yet to be ascertained as of Saturday.

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The TCN spokesperson added that the firm’s “response team were mobilised to the site of the inferno immediately the incident happened, to isolate the faulty section of the substation.”

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“The team was also asked to make an alternative arrangement for the evacuation of power generated by Afam VI station into the grid.

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“Presently, the job has been successfully completed and the power station has reconnected to the national grid.”

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Olagunju said that the major cause of the current low power generation was not the fire incident but the vandalism of gas pipelines that resulted in short supply of gas to the thermal power generating stations.

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She assured that TCN would continue to work towards expanding the nation’s transmission grid in line with its expansion plans.

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