A fire outbreak at Afam V has led to destruction of transmission equipment at the station and has constrained the evacuation of guaranteed 450 megawatt generation, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has disclosed.
TCN in a statement at the weekend said the fire incident which occurred last week completely destroyed its protection and control equipment in its relay and control room.
According to the General Manager (Public Affairs), TCN, Seun Olagunju, the fire incident which occurred at about 6:58 am last Wednesday, wholly destroyed the company’s equipment at the power station.
She however, said the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained.
According to the release, immediately after the fire incident, TCN’s quickresponse team who were mobilized to the site of the incident promptly isolated the faulty section of the substation and made alternative arrangement for evacuation of power generated by Afam VI generation intothe grid.
Presently, she said, the job has been successfully completed and the power station reconnected to the National Grid.
Meanwhile, TCN has said that the nation’s power generation capacity dropped from 3,959 megawatts on January 4 to 2,662 megawatts on January 22.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) report, said the Nigerian Electricity System Operator (SO) website, a sub agency of TCN, disclosed the figure in its daily forecast on power generation data in Lagos on Sunday.
TCN attributed the drop to low water levels at the hydro power stations and dearth of gas to the power generating companies.
TCN said the total output of 2,662.20 megawatts from all the generation companies on Sunday had been transferred to the 11 distribution companies across the country.