A loaded petrol tanker, which fell and caught fire at Ogborode Junction, near Warri in Delta State, has destroyed the 330kv Sapele Ughelli transmission line and brought down 12 Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCNâ€™s towers along its route.
The fire, which started at 9:42am on Sunday, March 9, caused the melting and snapping of all of the line conductors between the two towers causing a loss of balance along the transmission line and swinging of towers.
It resulted in the eventual collapse of tower 82 to 93. Tower 81 did not collapse but was bent.
In a statement by the General Manager (Public Affairs) TCN, Mrs. Seun Olagunju, TCN said the petrol tanker destroyed the 330kV Sapele Ughelli transmission line and brought down TCNâ€™s towers 82 to 93 along its route.
With the collapse of the 12 towers, TCN said that it has temporarily lost power evacuation from that line as all power generated by Delta and Sapele power stations would now only be evacuated through the second 500Mw capacity 330kV transmission line from Ughelli to Benin.
Despite the transmission limitation caused by the fire incident, TCN assured that the second 330kV transmission line from Ughelli to Benin and the 132kV transmission lines one and two from Benin to Ughelli, will adequately evacuate power generated from the power stations to Benin.
TCN also noted that it has also put in place plans to ensure that the transmission lines are free of encumbrances to ensure continued efficient wheeling of power generated.