Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said that the vandalism of the tower number 62, along Okpai-Onitsha 330kV double circuit transmission line, has reduced the power generation by 480 megawatts. The incident, which took place at Asaba Uchi, Ndokwa East Local Government, has resulted in the reduction of available power to the national grid, as well as set TCN back by millions of naira that will cover construction of a new tower including lines.

The transmission line used to evacuate power from the Okpai Power Station had tripped and the fault was traced to vandalized tower No 62. The statement added that the vandals had cut the two of the four legs of the transmission tower and that made it a threat to transmission grid integrity. TCN, said it would energize one of the circuits on the tower to enable it to recommence partial power evacuation from the Power Station to the national grid. This will be completed within two weeks. The company appealed to customers to continue to work with them towards a robust transmission grid in the country, it charged host communities to cooperate in fighting the activities of vandals.

Folashade Olubayo
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