Hoodlums Sabotage TCN’s Gwagwalada-Katampe Transmission Line

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has been compelled to address an act of vandalism on its infrastructure, as reported on Wednesday.

Vandals targeted Tower 70 along the critical 330kV Gwagwalada-Katampe Transmission Line, leaving it precariously unbalanced on the ground, as disclosed by Ndidi Mbah, TCN’s General Manager of Public Affairs.

The incident occurred late on February 26, 2024, around 11:32 pm, coinciding with a trip in the Gwagwalada-Katampe Transmission line at the Gwagwalada Transmission Substation. Despite efforts by TCN operators to reclose the line, the attempt proved futile, necessitating a physical inspection, as per TCN’s statement.

Upon investigation, TCN’s lines and patrol team uncovered deliberate damage to the tower’s four footings, rendering it incapable of supporting its weight. This act not only compromised the structural integrity of Tower 70 but also resulted in a significant reduction of 250MW in power supply to Abuja.

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In response to the crisis, TCN promptly mobilized resources to the site of the incident, initiating emergency repairs to restore normal operations. While the repairs are underway, TCN emphasizes the importance of community vigilance in combating vandalism of power infrastructure.

“We reiterate the need for vigilance in the fight against vandalism of power equipment,” stated Mbah. “It is important that we report suspicious movements around all power equipment to security operatives or the nearest TCN offices nationwide.”

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