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Again, vandals destroy 330kV transmission line in Abuja

Again, vandals have destroyed the Shiroro-Katampe 330kV transmission line, belonging to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

This is the fifth of such incident recorded between February and March 2024, the Company stated.

Confirming the incident in a statement issued by the TCN Spokesperson, Ndidi Mba, the Company stated that the critical infrastructure had tripped around 9am on Sunday.

It said a fault tracing process carried out by TCN Engineers revealed that line 1 of the transmission line from Towers 244 to 245 was vandalized while the conductors were stolen.

“At approximately 9am this morning, 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.

“During the fault tracing process, vigilante team leaders in the vicinity notified TCN linesmen of vandalism along the Shiroro-Katampe transmission line. TCN personnel confirmed the vandalisation of the 330kV Shiroro-Katampe transmission line 1, from Towers 244 to 245, and the conductors stolen,” the statement reads.

However, it said the Company was currently mobilizing for conductor replacement, pending completion of security operations at the site.

Meanwhile, it said the second line remains fully operational, in conjunction with the Gwagwalada 330kV line serving the Kukwaba-Apo axis.

It added that the wheeling capacity of TCN towards Abuja and environs would be enhanced by the Lokoja – Gwagwalada 330kV transmission line.

“TCN is working hard to minimize 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.

“TCN calls upon all Nigerians to assist in reporting such acts of vandalism. Electricity infrastructure is a national asset, and safeguarding it is a collective responsibility,” it added.

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