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TCN Confirms Collapse Of Jos–Gombe 330KV Transmission Line, Destruction Of Three Towers


The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has confirmed the collapse of tower number T290, one of the four new towers erected by TCN contractors along the Jos-Gombe 330kV transmission line.

It also lamented that due to vandalisation incidents, three additional towers collapsed along Bui-Damboa 132kV transmission line.

A statement late Monday night by TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah said that the tower collapsed during the cable stringing process.

Mbah explained that the unfortunate incident occurred at about 7am on May 27, 2024, while the contractor was stringing the cable on the last tower, which was supposed to enable the final jointing of the power cable in time for the energizing of the line on Monday.

She said: “Despite the security challenges in the area, TCN contractors and some of TCN engineering staff worked tirelessly to fast-track the project, “doing all that was humanly possible to meet the time-line.

“Daily, the contractor, TCN engineers accompanied by security operatives consistently left the site by 10 p.m in the night and resumed work at 6 a.m every day.”  

“Constructing towers and stringing power cables at such heights is highly technical, although TCN contractors and staff have successfully completed similar projects in other parts of the country.

Mbah regretted that the collapse of the fourth tower is a significant setback, “given the extensive efforts to ensure that today’s power restoration timeline was met”.

She said: “Our contractor is currently dismantling the collapsed tower members, to enable its reconstruction and final restringing of the cable.

“It is unfortunate to note that while TCN is working on reconstructing and restringing the four vandalised towers, three (3) towers along the Biu – Danbua 132kV transmission line were also vandalized with 16 spans of conductors stolen. The towers, which have all collapsed include towers T1690, T1691 and T1692. TCN has mobilized a contractor to commence their reconstruction. This discovery was made by the TCN patrol team, last Friday.

“Additionally, this morning, the TCN lines patrol team discovered that tower T540 along the Makurdi–Jos 330kV double circuit transmission line has been vandalised. Sections of the tower have been removed, although the tower remains standing. TCN has contracted emergency repairs, to prevent its collapse.

“We reiterate our commitment to restoring normal bulk power supply through the distribution companies serving the North East and other areas affected by vandalism.

“There is however an urgent need for everyone to join hand with TCN in protecting our collective assets by being vigilant and reporting any suspected acts of tower and line vandalism promptly.”


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