TCN shutdown operations over fire disaster at power station

TCN shutdown operations over fire disaster at power station

The Transmission Company of Nigeria TCN has shutdown its operations indefinitely, following Sunday morning fire incident that destroyed a 150MVA transformer belonging to the company. The move is aimed at averting a potential tragedy by the affected transformer, located at the 330/132/33KVA substation along Sapele road Benin. It was gathered that the fire which  started


The Transmission Company of Nigeria TCN has shutdown its operations indefinitely, following Sunday morning fire incident that destroyed a 150MVA transformer belonging to the company.

The move is aimed at averting a potential tragedy by the affected transformer, located at the 330/132/33KVA substation along Sapele road Benin.

It was gathered that the fire which  started at about 8am Sunday morning was put out at about 11: 30 am by combine efforts of four fire fighting vehicles.

A source within the transmission who confirmed the report to our Correspondent, clarified however that the cause of the fire is not yet known.

A witness in the area, David Osasu, told our Correspondent that they had an explosion inside the transmission company followed by smoke  at about 8am.

“The transformer exploded in the money  at about 8am. It took over an hour’s  before help came from the fire service as TCN doesn’t  have a fire service,” he said.

He lamented that TCN substation in Edo that controls more than two states does not have its own fire fighting equipment for use in case of fire outbreak.

He said,  help however, came at about 11:30am when fire fighters, Nigerian Army, Airforce, University of Benin Teaching Hospital(UBTH) and Delta state fire service as well as that of the  Niger Delta Power Holding company limited ( NDPH) fire station (NIPP projects) came to put out the fire after about three and half hours after the fire started.

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Journalists were not allowed access to the premises  as it was locked and manned with security personnel but five fire fighting vehicles were seen moving out of the premises.

But, a Senior Staff of TCN who preferred to be anonymous because he has not been authorize to speak on the incident, assured that the company will issue a statement when the preliminary investigation into the inferno is concluded.

“We are planning a public announcement in connection with the incident. But, for now, there is no comment yet”.

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