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Almost two years after it was damaged, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said it has successfully completed the repair of the faulty portion of one of the 132kV Katampe – Central Area underground transmission cables supplying bulk electricity to TCN’s Gas Insulated Substation (GIS) in Central Area, Abuja.
Repair works, TCN said, were completed and the cable energized at about 15:09hrs on Monday, November 1, 2021.
Recall that a portion of the underground transmission cable line – 1 that passes through the IBB Golf Club, was damaged by an excavation machine working for the Club, on 23rd December 2019.
The General Manager, Public Affairs of TCN, Ndidi Mbah, in a statement on Tuesday noted that the delay in the repair of the underground cable line – 1, was due to lack of cable repair kit and expertise required to undertake the repair work in the country as well as the Covid’19 pandemic.
Following the successful restoration of the 132kV underground transmission cable line – 1, TCN now has bulk transmission line redundancy (N-1), which implies that if there is a sudden failure of one line, the second will be available.
The repaired and energized second underground cable line – 1 also means that TCN can now supply more bulk power to Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).
The Katampe – Central Area 132kV transmission line – 1 supplies power to AEDC for strategic areas in Abuja such as the Central Area Business District, the 3 Arm-Zone, DSS Headquarters, NNPC Headquarters, Federal Secretariat, and environs.
TCN assured the public that it is committed to rehabilitating and executing new transmission projects even as it completes old ones, in line with its Nigerian Electricity Grid Maintenance, Expansion, and Rehabilitation Program geared towards putting in place a more robust transmission grid.