Reconstruction works on the vandalised transmission Tower Number 104 on Odukpani- Ikot Ekpene 330kV double-circuit transmission line in Akwa Ibom has been completed, while work is ongoing to fortify other towers minimally vandalised along the same line route, to enable the restringing and tensioning of the 330kV DC transmission line, before it is energised.
The executive director, Transmission Service Provider at TCN, Engr. Victor Adewumi stated this yesterday when he visited the site of the incident at Oku Iboku Community in Uyo, to assess the level of repair works on the instance of the minister of power, Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, the agency said in a statement yesterday.
Adewumi, who briefed newsmen at the site, said the tower has been reconstructed and work has reached an advanced stage after three weeks, even with difficulties posed by the terrain.
In his words, “The tower has been fully reconstructed, restringing has to be done with the utmost care after other towers that were also tampered with have been fortified, to avoid the collapse of more towers. We are however doing everything possible to reconnect the line to the national grid”.
He noted that the collapsed tower was not the only one vandalized and that restringing the transmission line involves bringing down the 330kV DC line on some suspension towers, that were minimally vandalized, up to the nearest tension towers on both sides of the collapsed tower and fortifying the suspension towers before restringing the lines to ensure quality work is done,” he noted.
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He noted that work has reached 70 per cent completion and that TCN is working hard to ensure that the 330kV DC transmission line is completed and reconnected to the national grid in one week, to ensure the evacuation of over 400MW stranded power at the Odukpani Power Plant near Calabar as well as the restoration of power supply to Cross River State.
Engr. Adewumi appealed to the public to help TCN in the fight against the vandalism of power infrastructure, saying that such acts are detrimental to the Nigerians and the expansion of power infrastructure in Nigeria. He also assured residents of the Cross River States and parts of Akwa Ibom State that the company was fast-tracking the completion and restoration process.