Electricity

TCN completes repair of 132KV Katampe-Central Area Underground cables – Official

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says it has successfully completed the repair of the faulty portion of one of the 132 KV Katampe–Central Area underground Transmission cables.

TCN said that the transmission cables supply bulk electricity to TCN’s Gas Insulated Substation (GIS) in Central Area, Abuja.

TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah, said this in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday.

She said that repair works had been completed and the cable energised at about 3.09 pm on November  1.

She recalled that a portion of the underground transmission cable line – 1 that passes through the IBB Golf Club, was damaged by an excavation machine working for the Club, on Dec 23, 2019.

“The delay in the repair was due to the lack of cable repair kit and expertise required to undertake the repair work in the country as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Following the successful restoration of the 132KV underground transmission cable line – 1, TCN now has bulk transmission line redundancy (N-1),

“This implies that if there is a sudden failure of one line, the second will be available.

Mbah said that with the repair and energising of the second underground cable line – 1, this  means that TCN can now supply more bulk power to Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).

She said that the Katampe–Central Area 132KV transmission line – 1 supplies power to AEDC for strategic areas in Abuja.

She listed the areas to include the Central Area Business District, the 3 Arm-Zone, DSS Headquarters, NNPC Headquarters, Federal Secretariat, and environs.

“TCN is committed to rehabilitating and executing new transmission projects even as it completes old ones.

“This is In line with its Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion, and Rehabilitation Programme geared towards putting in place a more robust transmission grid,” she said.

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