TCN Denies Vandalization as Cause of Epileptic Power Supply in Abuja, laments low power generation | #NwokeukwuMascot


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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has refuted claims that the ongoing epileptic power supply in Abuja is a result of the vandalization of the Gwagwalada-Katampe transmission line. In a statement released on Saturday, TCN clarified that the low load allocation and subsequent power outages are due to low generation into the national grid.

According to TCN, it supplies bulk power to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) through three major transmission lines to ensure reliability and flexibility. Despite the recent vandalization of the Gwagwalada-Katampe transmission line, TCN assured that the Shiroro-Katampe lines are sufficient to transmit the allocated power to Abuja.

Earlier, TCN had reported that its 330 kV Gwagwalada-Katampe Transmission Line was destroyed by vandals. In a statement released in February, TCN's General Manager of Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, explained that the destruction of tower 70 on the transmission line resulted in a reduction of 250 MW in power supply to Abuja.

Mbah said, “Bulk power supply flexibility and volume of power into Abuja have been reduced by 250 MW following the destruction of tower 70 on the TCN’s 330 kV Gwagwalada-Katampe Transmission Line in the Federal Capital Territory.

”The incident occurred on Monday at about 11:32pm. At the time of the incident, the Gwagwalada-Katampe Transmission Line had tripped at the Gwagwalada Transmission Substation and trial reclosure by TCN operators failed, necessitating a physical patrol of the line. The TCN lines and patrol team discovered that the four tower footings of tower 70 were destroyed, causing the tower to stand on the ground, supported by conductors.’’

Meanwhile, The Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc (AEDC) management in a statement attributed the current power outage to the stormy weather that damaged critical equipment serving the affected areas. The AEDC assured its customers in Kubwa, Abuja, and neighbouring areas that their team of engineers is working diligently to rectify the situation and restore power supply as soon as possible.

The statement reads in full; "The Management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc. (AEDC) wishes to notify its esteemed customers in Kubwa Abuja: F01, Military Pension Board, Dantata Estate, Chikakore Community, Byazhin, Across, Arab Road, Mopol Barracks, Kubwa Extension III, FCDA Owners Occupier, Army Scheme, Phase 3, Phase 4, and environs, that the power outage currently being experienced is due to the stormy weather that has damaged several critical equipment serving these areas.


"Our team of engineers are currently working hard to rectify and restore the power supply soonest.


"We regret any inconvenience caused," the statement added.


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