Fire breaks out at power transmission station, Abuja

A power transmission substation in Apo, a suburb in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja was on fire on Sunday evening.

Sources confirmed that the fire started at about 1.30 pm from a transformer in the substation and persisted for some hours.

Confirming the incident, the Transmission Company of Nigeria said that one of the 45MVA 132/33kV power transformers in the substation caused the fire outbreak.

The burnt transformer was part of those that feed the 33kV feeders of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company.

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However, the fire was put out by the combined effort of the federal, FCT and Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation fire service.

Speaking after the incident, the General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Ndidi Mbah, said: “it’s still early for TCN to determine if the burnt transformer can be salvaged.”

Ndidi said the fire resulted from a direct fault from one of Abuja Disco’s 33kV feeders which had a history of incessant trippings because it lacked protection.