TCN regrets fire outbreak at Dan Agundi substation

…says efforts on to restore supply

By Musa Adamu

Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has expressed its regrets on the fire incident that affected a 60MVA Transformer at Dan Agundi Substation in Kano on Thursday, 21st December, 2017 at 1.30pm.
It said the incident had led constraint in power supply to some sections of Kano for two days.
It however, revealed that already in collaboration with Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC)Limited had transferred some of the loads of the affected areas to Dakata substation and the balance to the unaffected 60MVA Transformer at Dan Agundi Substation.
It said this move had significantly mitigated the problem.
It said: “TCN has also inaugurated a committee to review protection systems of the company’s installations nationwide in order to forestall such ugly incidents in the future.”
According to the TCN, a contractor has commenced installation of the third 60MVA Transformer in the substation to increase the transformer capacity of the station when the fire incident happened.
“As result of this development the Management directed the Regional General Manager of Kaduna to take over the installation of the additional Transformer from the contractor to fast track it.”
It added that it was collaborating with Kano state government to remove structures under the Kumbotso-Dan Agundi132kV line Right of Way (ROW).
“Once the illegal structures under ROW are cleared, the Kumbotso-Dan Agundi 132kV line would be re-conductored to increase the capacity of the line to provide adequate power to the substation at Dan Agundi.
“TCN intends to upgrade Dan Agundi and Dakata 132kV Substations with additional 100MVA Transformers under NETAP (financed by the World Bank) but for that to happen the two 132kV lines from Kumbotso must be re-conductored.
“The installation of the two 100MVA Transformers at Dan Agundi and Kumbotso in addition to the completion of New Kano 330kV Substation at Rimin Zakara and the completion of Walalambe will provide the enough redundancy in Kano in line with standard N-1.”
It further warned that those who illegally built houses and live under high voltage transmission power line were not only risking their lives but constraining development of critical infrastructure in Kano and other parts of Nigeria.
“TCN wishes to assure the Kano Electricity Distribution Company and its numerous customers that the implementation of Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Program would resolve most transmission constraints and TCN intends to implement it religiously for the development of the nation.”

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