TCN supplies Odukpani-Ikot Ekpene 330kv transmission lines
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) revealed that it had energized the 330 kilovolt (kV) Odukpani – Ikot Ekpene dual circuit transmission lines, saying it was
done after completing the re-erection of the vandalized Tower 104 and repairing the lines.
Managing Director of TCN, Public Affairs. Ms Ndidi Mbah, who disclosed in a statement, said TCN had also started the evacuation of over 400 megawatts (MW) of stranded power generation from Odukpani Power Station to Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC).
According to the company, the goal is to continue delivery to Cross River and surrounding areas.
Mbah quoted the managing director of TCN, Mr. Sule Abudulaziz, speaking during a meeting with some power actors.
According to him, TCN’s engineering team and the contractor who managed the reconstruction project worked tenaciously to rebuild the vandalized tower.
Abudulaziz said the engineering team fortified other towers along the same line route whose members were also vandalized, and carried out reinstatement of the 330 kV double circuit transmission lines.
“With the completion of repairs, Odukpani Power Station has been reconnected to the grid. When TCN management last visited the incident site on May 10, to gain access to progress, TCN promised to ensure the project was completed and energized within a week.
“We promised to complete and energize the double circuit transmission line within a week from our last visit, to ensure the evacuation of the blocked electricity from the Odukpani substation. And to restore power to power consumers in Cross-River and surrounding areas. We were able to complete and energize the line before the promised week,” he said.
Abudulaziz called on Nigerians to cooperate with the TCN and security agents to ensure that the fight against the vandalism of our collective national assets is won.
He asked that each community hosting a power facility pay more attention to activities around transmission towers.
TCN recalled that the vandalism and subsequent collapse of Tower 104 on April 8 was responsible for the latest system collapse, causing over 400 MW of Odukpani Power Station to be isolated from the grid.