Power outage hits 3 states with TCN towers Jos-Gombe 330KV transmission line vandalised

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says  four of its towers  along  the  Jos – Gombe 330 Kilo Volt (kV) transmission line have been vandalised.

The company said that the incident took place at about 3:32pm on Monday.

TCN’S General Manager Public Affairs Mrs Ndidi Mbah, disclosed this in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday said  that when the  transmission line tripped, TCN operators attempted to restore it to service but it tripped again.

She said that this prompted the dispatch of TCN men  to trace the line in order to detect and rectify the fault.

According to her, while  tracing the fault, TCN’s engineering crew discovered that towers 288, 289 , 290, and 291 were vandalised and that some tower members were carted away.

”Also, the towers had equally collapsed as a result of the incident.

”Presently, bulk power supply to Gombe, Yola, and Jalingo substations have been disrupted, affecting bulk power supply to parts of Yola  and Jos Electricity Distribution Companies’ franchise areas,”she said.

Mbah said that to mitigate the effect of the incident on electricity consumers affected by the incident, TCN tried to  back feed Gombe through its 132kV transmission line from Bauchi and subsequently  Ashaka, Potiskum, Damaturu, and Billiri/ Savannah.

She vowed that the company  would do everything humanly possible to ensure that supply was restored to the affected areas, while efforts were being made to reconstruct the  vandalised towers. (NAN)

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