TCN reports collapse of tower on Jos-Gombe transmission line


The Transmission Company of Nigeria( TCN), says its tower T290, one of the four new towers erected by its contractors along the Jos – Gombe 330 Kilo Volt (kV} transmission line, collapsed during the cable stringing process.

TCN’S General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah, in a statement in Abuja said the incident occurred at about 7 a.m. Monday (Today)

Mbah said the incident occurred while the contractor was stringing the cable on the last tower, which was supposed to enable the final joining of the power cable in time for energising of the line today.

‘”In spite the security challenges in the area, TCN contractors and some of our engineering staff worked tirelessly to fast-track the project, doing all that was humanly possible to meet the time-line.

” Everyday, the contractor, TCN engineers accompanied by security operatives consistently left the site by 10 pm in the night and resumed work at 6 a.m. every day.

”Constructing towers and stringing power cables at such heights is highly technical, although TCN contractors and staff have successfully completed similar projects in other parts of the country.

”The collapse of the fourth tower is a significant setback, given the extensive efforts to ensure that May 27 power restoration timeline was met, ”she said.

Mbah said that TCN contractor was currently dismantling the collapsed tower members, to enable reconstruction and final restringing of the cable.

She said it was unfortunate that while TCN is working on reconstructing and restringing the four vandalised towers, three towers along the Biu – Danboa 132kV transmission line were also vandalised with 16 spans of conductors stolen.

She said the towers, which had all collapsed, included towers T1690, T1691 and T1692.

According to her, TCN has mobilised a contractor to commence their reconstruction. This discovery was made by TCN patrol team last Friday.

”This morning also, the TCN lines patrol team discovered that tower T540 along the Makurdi – Jos 330kV double circuit transmission line has been vandalised.

”Sections of the tower have been removed, although the tower remains standing. TCN has contracted emergency repairs, to prevent its collapse.

”We reiterate our commitment to restoring normal bulk power supply through the distribution companies serving the North East and other areas affected by vandalism.

”There is, however, an urgent need for everyone to join hands with TCN in protecting our collective assets by being vigilant, and reporting any suspected acts of tower and line vandalism promptly,”she said. (NAN)