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Electricity: How transformer explosion ignites fire at substation in Lagos –TCN

*The Transmission  Company of Nigeria regrets the inconveniences the recent incident has caused electricity consumers, explaining how sudden explosion of a capacitor voltage transformer caused a fire outbreak on Maryland-Ikorodu 132/33kV transmission Line 2 at the weekend

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has explained how the sudden explosion of a capacitor voltage transformer caused a fire outbreak Saturday, December 16, 2023, on the Maryland-Ikorodu 132/33kV transmission Line 2, in Lagos State.

Ms. Ndidi Mbah, Spokesperson of TCN, who revealed this in a statement issued Sunday, December 17, said that the incident necessitated the emergency opening of the substation at about 7:58p.m.

Mbah stated that the process involved isolation of Maryland- Ilupeju 132kV Line 1, which was the source of power supply to the substation.

The TCN Spokesperson noted the company had made efforts putting out the to extinguish the fire.

She, however, disclosed that due to the presence of oil immersed equipment within the surrounding of the explosion, it was difficult until the Lagos State Fire Service arrived at 8:45p.m. and extinguished the fire completely at 8:55p.m. Saturday.

According to her, the substation was restored into service at about 9.02p.m. same day.

Mbah also stated the TCN asserted that the sudden failure of Maryland-Ikorodu 132kV Line 2 Yellow phase capacitor voltage transformer could be attributed to ageing and insulation failure.

The TCN said it regretted the inconveniences the sudden incident had caused electricity consumers, taking supply from Maryland Transmission Substation.

The statement said the company is diligently pursuing the reconductoring/ rehabilitating all its 132kV transmission lines and switch gears nationwide, with a view to eliminating such incidents in the future.

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