Abuja and Kogi plunged into darkness as power station suffers collapse

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Technical issues have plunged parts of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and certain areas in Kogi State into darkness, leaving residents grappling with power outages.

The affected regions fall under the purview of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), which issued a statement on Tuesday attributing the blackout to a technical glitch on the 33kv feeder k6 from AT9 Karu Transmission Station, managed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

Areas such as Zamani Estate, Abacha Road Mararaba, Ruga Juli, Old Karu Road, Glory Estate, and surrounding environs in Abuja have been impacted by the power disruption, prompting inconvenience to customers.

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Efforts are underway by TCN maintenance crews to rectify the fault and restore electricity supply to the affected regions, with AEDC expressing regret for any inconvenience caused.

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In a related development, TCN announced scheduled maintenance on its TR3 45MVA and TR2 60MVA power transformers at the 132/33kV Okene Transmission Substation, slated to take place from Tuesday to Wednesday. Consequently, power supply to Okene, Kabba, Ososo, and Ikare will be temporarily halted during the maintenance period.

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On a brighter note, TCN revealed the commissioning of a 100MVA 132/33kV power transformer at its Port Harcourt Main Transmission Substation, bolstering the substation’s capacity by 80MW. This infrastructure upgrade, a collaboration with the World Bank, aims to enhance the transmission network’s efficiency and reliability, particularly benefiting industries in the Trans Amadi industrial area and surrounding communities.

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Meanwhile, the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, has summoned the management of AEDC and TCN over the worsening power supply situation. The Discos and TCN have consistently cited challenges such as gas shortage, vandalism, and energy theft as contributing factors to the power supply issues plaguing the nation.

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