The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), said one of its 60MVA power transformers which was undergoing installation at its Uyo transmission substation during the weekend caught fire.
A statement issued by the general manager (Public Affairs), TCN, Ndidi Mbah, noted that the burnt transformer is part of the 16 number 60MVA power transformers manufactured by LEEEC, procured by TCN in 2011.
According to her, TCN has found the LEEEC Brand of transformer to be of very low quality and has fraught the system with problems as 9 out of the said model of transformers in the system, have either caught fire or failed between 2011 to date.
The LEEEC Brand of transformer, is manufactured by Liaoning EFACEC Electrical Equipment Co., Ltd (LEEEC) Group Corporation is a company with headquarters is in Economic Development Zone of Beijing, China.
According to TCN, the said 60MVA power transformer was being installed by one of her contractors, Messrs T&D Technology Limited, as at the time of the incident.
Although the fire was said to have been eventually put out by the TCN engineers in conjunction with the Julius Berger and Akwa Ibom fire services, vital parts the new 60MVA power transformer were destroyed leading to the substation being shut down temporarily.
Meanwhile, TCN said it is now using international standard laboratories to test the process of manufacture of its transformers and other major equipment to avoid the incident of substandard products being imported into the country.
“In view of this, TCN has already taken steps to avoid this kind of equipment through the recruitment of a design engineer, who has standardized and strengthened TCNs design of major equipment in its substations,” part of the statement reads.
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