Boko Haram attack power station in Maiduguri

Boko Haram attack power station in Maiduguri

Residents of Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital, may have to endure a prolong power outage, following an attack on its 330/132kV Transmission Substation in Molai by Insurgents. The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) announced on Thursday the attack was launched on its 330/132kV Transmission Substation in Molai. Ndidi Mbah, the General Manager Public Affairs, TCN,

Residents of Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital, may have to endure a prolong power outage, following an attack on its 330/132kV Transmission Substation in Molai by Insurgents.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) announced on Thursday the attack was launched on its 330/132kV Transmission Substation in Molai.

Ndidi Mbah, the General Manager Public Affairs, TCN, in a statement, stated that the substation was attacked by insurgents on the 7th of May, 2019, at about 5:30 pm.

“During the attack, 2 No Post Isolators Porcelain units were affected, the cracks were was however not too deep as to affect supply to the substation.

Hilux vans and one vehicle belonging to a staff of TCN were destroyed while insurgents made away with the third Hilux Van.

“Other items destroyed include Hiace truck, computer, monitor and printer in the control room. The windows of the Control Room and staff house were also shattered by gunshots,” Mba stated.

According to the statement, the operator on duty did exceptionally well by opening the transmission lines from the substation and shutting down the station before quickly leaving just before the insurgents reached the substation.

After the incident, TCN engineers did a thorough check of the substation equipment before restoration on Wednesday 8th May 2019 at 9.31Hrs.

The company commended efforts of security operatives who have continued to make it possible for its operators to run the substation and appealed that more of them should be deployed to the area, to further boost the morale of workers who have been unrelenting in ensuring that electricity supply is sustained in Maiduguri and environs despite the risks.

Mba noted that the 330/132/33kV Molai Transmission Substation was completed and energized October 25th, 2018 and was also formally commissioned Wednesday, 13th February 2019.

According to the TCN Spokesman, the substation comprises 150MVA and 60MVA power transformers which feed Yola Disco customers in Maiduguri and environs.

The company reiterated its commitment to implementing the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Program under which some level of investment and consequently stability has been achieved.

TCN stated that to completely stabilize and modernize the grid, Nigeria must complete the on-going investment in grid expansion & rehabilitation, establish the adequate spinning reserve and install well-functioning SCADA.

It also recalled that the Molai Substation had experienced attacks by insurgents in the past but this has not deterred TCN from ensuring that power is supplied to Maiduguri.

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