#CalabarBlackout: Work On Vandalized Tower Is 70% Completed Says TCN

The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN says the reconstruction of the vandalized transmission tower number 104 on the Odukpani-Ikot Ekpene 330kV double-circuit transmission line in Oku Iboku, after the Itu Bridge, has reached 70 percent completion.

The tower was vandalized on April 8, 2022 leaving Calabar, the Cross River State capital and its environs without public supply of electricity for over one month now.

And, the Executive Director, Transmission Service Provider at TCN, Mr. Victor Adewumi while visiting the reconstruction site, said the TCN is working hard to restore power within one week.

Also, he averred that the other towers with minimal impact are receiving the same attention to enable the re-stringing and tensioning of the 330kV Direct Current transmission line before it is energized.

“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,” Adewumi said.

Furthermore, he said the need to get it reconnected to the national grid was to ensure the evacuation of over 400 megawatts of stranded power at the Odukpani power plant near Calabar, as well as the restoration of public power supply in the areas affected.