Barely 24 hours after the National Transmission Grid, owned and operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) suffered a setback on Tuesday, the TCN has announced that it has recorded
another system collapse at about 14.19Hours today 3rd January, 2018.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the General Manager Public Affairs Unit of TCN, Ndidi Mbah, made available to BusinessDay on Wednesday. The statement said that preliminary information from the Nigerian Gas company (NGC) indicated that the tripping of Odukpani-Ikot Ekpene 330kV line, cut off generation from Odukpani Power Station to the grid.
It however, noted that restoration of the grid has reached advanced stage even as TCN has also commenced investigations to determine the exact cause of the system disturbance, adding that the outcome will publicised.
“The system disturbance happened at a time when work on the Western Gas Pipeline by NGC which caused system collapse at about 21.17Hours yesterday, is yet to be completed. The grid would have withstood the Odukpani infraction, if generation along Lagos Region were available.
” NGC indicated that a contractor has been mobilised to reconstruct the affected segment of the Western Gas Pipeline, so that gas supply to Omotosho, Egbin, and Olorunsogo I and II can be restored. According to NGC the work would be carried out day and night and is expected to be completed within 24 hours,” the statement said.
TCN noted in the statement that with the support of the Federal Ministries of Power and Finance, it has embarked on the implementation of Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme that seeks to expand, rehabilitate and stabilize the Grid even as it appealed for patience and understanding.
Innocent Odoh, Abuja