TCN: Shiroro-Katampe transmission line vandalised

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) yesterday said one of its critical facilities, the Shiroro-Katampe 330kV transmission line, had been vandalised.

A statement by its General Manager for Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, said the damage was the fifth within two months.

The statement reads: “At approximately 9 a.m this morning (Sunday), the Shiroro-Katampe transmission line experienced a trip.

“Following initial investigations, TCN engineers attempted to restore operation but were unsuccessful. Subsequently, efforts were made to identify the fault location. Hence, linesmen were dispatched to physically patrol the suspected area.”

TCN explained that during the fault tracing process, vigilance team leaders in the vicinity notified its linesmen of vandalism along the Shiroro-Katampe transmission line.

Its personnel, the statement said, confirmed the vandalisation of the 330kV Shiroro-Katampe transmission Line One, from Towers 244 to 245, and the conductors stolen.

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The statement said TCN was mobilising for conductor replacement, pending completion of security operations at the site.

But it auured its customers that the second line remained fully operational, in conjunction with the Gwagwalada 330kV line serving the Kukwaba-Apo axis.

The statement reads: “Also, the wheeling capacity of TCN towards Abuja and environs would be enhanced by the Lokoja-Gwagwalada 330kV transmission line. TCN is working hard to minimise the adverse effect of these acts of sabotage on bulk power supply to Abuja and environs.

“This incident adds to a series of vandalism incidents recorded by TCN in February 2024, including the destruction of Tower 70 along the Gwagwalade-Katampe transmission line on February 26, 2024.

“Other incidents include the vandalism of towers 377 and 378 along the Gombe-Damaturu 330kV transmission line on February 23, 2024, and the attack on towers 145 to 149 and 201 to 218 along the Owerri-Ahoda 132kV transmission line on February 15, 2024.

“Additionally, on February 1, 2024, Tower number 388 along the Jos-Bauchi 132kV single circuit transmission line collapsed due to vandalism.

“These acts of sabotage are unacceptable, and TCN urges relevant security agencies and host communities to collaborate in apprehending the perpetrators. Protection of the nation’s transmission infrastructure is paramount, and collective efforts are required to curb these incidents.”

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