…As Kaduna Electric MD applauds engineers effort on timely restoration
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has announced that bulk power supply has been restored to Birinin Kebbi and its environs.
TCN reports this in a statement signed by General-Manager, Ndidi Mbah on Saturday, indicating electricity was restored in the state through the Birnin Kebbi transmission substation on Friday 29th September at about 11.33 am.
Recalled on 15th September, the national grid collapsed for the second time sequel to the midnight inferno that led to the destruction of two power transformers and a control room at the transmission center in Birnin Kebbi, capital of Kebbi State.
The TCN spokesperson reports that the bulk power restoration work was carried out by a team of substation, lines, and PC&M engineers of TCN, who converged from different TCN regions nationwide, to ensure expedited repair works and that bulk power was quickly restored to Kebbi and environs in spite of the enormity of the fire incident and its effect on the substation.
She said: “The team of engineers who also conveyed the needed material from the regional stores to Birnin Kebbi Substation worked tirelessly round the clock to restore supply through the 150MVA and 60MVA transformers unaffected by the fire incident.
“Supply was first restored to Sokoto State through the 132kV Kaduna-Zaria-Funtua-Gusau-Talatan Mafara line on the 15th of September 2023 and yesterday, power supply has also been restored to the Birnin Kebbi town and environs.
“Presently, work is ongoing to equally connect the 132kV Birinin Kebbi – Sokoto line that will enable TCN to transmit additional bulk electricity to Sokoto State and its environs.
While commending the government and people of the state and Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, for their understanding and patience during the period, Mbah assured of the company’s committed to pursuing the network expansion projects and continued improvement of the nation’s transmission grid.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Kaduna Electric, Engr. Yusuf Usman Yahaya, in a statement applauded the doggedness and relentless commitment of Engineers of both the company and TCN in restoring electricity supply in Kebbi State within the two-weeks specified timeline.