18th May, 2013
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said on Friday that electricity consumers in parts of Ogun and Lagos states would experience power rationing.
A statement signed by Mr Dave Ifabiyi, Assistant General Manager (Public Affairs), said that a fire incident which occurred on May 14 at the TCN substation in Ikeja-West, Ayobo-Ipaja, in Lagos State was responsible for the rationing.
“As a result of the fire which gutted TCN’s 150 MVA 330/132/33 KV Power Transformers, Lagos power load has been re-arranged to take advantage of excess capacity from other locations.’’
Ifabiyi listed the locations to include Akangba Transmission Substation in Surulere, Aja Transmission Substations in Victoria Island extension and Olorunsogo Transmission Substation in Ogun.
He said that electricity from the locations would be distributed evenly to spread the effect of the loss.
TCN management said investigation had begun into the cause of the fire which destroyed the transformers, manufactured by Mitsubishi in 1976 and inaugurated in 1979.
The statement also quoted TCN as saying that it would continue to work hard to enhance transmission capacity in the areas as well as improve grid power delivery and reliability nationwide.
TCN management expressed regrets for any inconveniences the power disruption may cause customers in the two states.
It, however, said that the quick intervention by its engineers in re-arranging the power load had stabilised the situation, adding that TCN was looking for a replacement for the burnt transformers.
TCN expressed its appreciation to Lagos State government and the Fire Service for helping to put out the fire.