Transmission Company of Nigeria [TCN] has assured that its engineers are working assiduously to put in place a bypass from the Katampe Substation to the GIS substation in the Abuja Central Area in the Federal Capital Territory [FCT].

In a statement yesterday, the TCN public affairs officer, Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, said the organization is committed to restoring power supply to the affected areas of the nation’s capital and the environs.
She explained that the current restricted outage situation in parts of Abuja is caused by a truck loaded with gravel that lost control and crashed into TCN’s 132kV transmission tower No 20, supplying bulk electricity to the 100MVA part of the Katampe Substation and 2x60MVA GIS Central Area Substation.

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“The incident brought down the tower, but did not record any loss of life,” she said, adding that attempts are being made by TCN engineers to remove the conductors presently lying on the road to ensure ease of movement around the area.

Mrs. Mbah further confirmed that TCN engineers are currently at the site of the incident, and are already assessing the level of damage and attempting to put in place remedial installation in the form of a temporary by-pass to restore electricity supply to the affected areas.

Following the incident, there has been restricted outage in Maitama, Wuse, Central Area, and some parts of Garki, all metropolitan areas of the nation capital.

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“As every effort is being made to put in place a remedial source of supply, TCN is assuring affected customers that our engineers are working round the clock to ensure that restoration of power is quickly achieved, after which it would commence the dismantling and reconstruction of a new transmission tower to replace the damaged one,” the statement said.

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