The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) Alagbon injection substation
in Ikoyi Lagos was yesterday gutted by fire following lightning.
The fire was put out by fire fighters.
was gathered that there was a loud bang, following which the
transformer caught fire and the electricity in Beckley, parts of Ikoyi,
Keffi and central Lagos went out.
TCN Lagos Zonal General Manager
Geoffrey Nwokoye said the fire occurred when the transformer’s light
arrester was shattered by the thunderstorm.
Nwokoye said: “This
morning, there was rainfall with a lot of lightning and one of our
transformers at Alagbon substation caught fire. The 66MVA transformer
caught fire as a result of the light arrester that was shattered due to
the thundering light.
“This light arrester is to absorb the over
voltage, but the over voltage was too much as a result of the lightning,
maybe it was too much for the light arrester.
shattered it and then the conductor that was to transfer dropped on the
transformer; it was the conductor that dropped on the transformer that
caused the fire incident.
“The good thing is that in the spirit
of m-1 redundancy of TCN, engendered by the present management, we have
enough capacity to take care of the transformer that was burnt. We have
another transformer with the capacity to take care of the burnt one. We
are hereby assuring customers under this transformer that electricity
supply will be restored within 12 hours; our team of engineers is
working on it.”
According to The Nation, General Manager in
charge of Transmission, Godfery Nwasoke, the fire outbreak would not
cause blackout in areas such as Osborne road, Ikoyi, Victoria island and
its environs, contrary to speculations among people.
He said the
TCN has 50 per cent of its capacity in the affected area, and that the
issue only affected a smaller portion of the area.
He said the
transformer that was affected was serving one of the feeders, which is
serving about i5 megawatts of electricity (Mw).
He said TCN has
transferred the load from the affected transformer to another
transformer in the area, in order to prevent it from having a major
impact on the residents of the area.