The Transmission Company of Nigeria says Friday’s inferno in Lagos that led to the collapse of five high tension towers was caused by petroleum products pipeline vandals.
The fire occurred at a vandalised pipeline on Isheri Olofin, off Igbando-LASU Expressway and it caused massive damage to the 330KV Ikeja-West Akangba Transmission Line 1.
TCN’s spokesperson, Ndidi Mbah, in Abuja said that the inferno burned off a large portion of the electricity conductor sayign the fire triggered a resistant pull on the high-tension towers along the line route, causing five of them to collapse.
“The incident which is estimated to have occurred at about 12.29 a.m. on Friday, burnt a wide portion of the 330kv transmission line which wheels 145mw of bulk power to the Akangba Substation.
“The transmission towers affected are the two closest to the site of the inferno and three across the Lagos Canal.
“As a result of the incident, there is a major reduction of bulk power wheeled to TCN’s 330/132/33kV Akangba Transmission Substation in Lagos,’’ she stated.
Mbah stated also that TCN would rearrange bulk electricity transmitted on that line route to the second 330kv line previously carrying 59mw.
“Once it is energised, supply will be restored to all the substations affected by the incident from the second 330kv transmission line.
“Load carried by the burnt 330kv line will now be transferred to the second line,’’ she also explained.
Mbah lamented that an incident such as this was a major setback to TCN’s efforts at implementing grid expansion and stability under its Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion and Rehabilitation Programme.
“The issue of protecting national assets is imperative and must be taken seriously so that the stability of the nation’s network and the development of the nation are not compromised,’’ she stressed.