Alagbon Transmission Fire: Eko Disco Restores Power Supply to Lagos Residents

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Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has announced that it has restored electricity supply to all areas of Lagos State affected by the incident at Alagbon Transmission Injection Sub-station where a 66MVA transformer caught fire.

The spokesman of EKEDC, Mr. Godwin Idemudia said in a statement yesterday that the restoration of supply was achieved through the combined efforts of engineers from the company and their counterparts from Transmission company of Nigeria (TCN) who were able to quickly effect a perfect back feeding arrangement while the repairs of the damaged transformer was ongoing.

Idemudia said the restoration of supply was a testimony to the quick recovery rate of the company during crisis period. He expressed gratitude to all affected customers and the general public for their cooperation, understanding and sympathy while the power interruption lasted.

Many parts of Lagos were plunged into darkness on Thursday when a 66MVA 132/33kV power transformer at the Alagbon Transmission Sub-station in Ikoyi exploded and caught fire in the early morning hours.

The facility, which belongs to the TCN, is located in the franchise area of EKEDC.

The cause of the fire was still unknown but Idemudia had described the fire incident as a “minor one,” adding that his company and TCN were working to restore power to the affected areas “in a matter of few days”.

THISDAY gathered that the TCN had recently installed one 66MVA 132/33kV power transformer in the injection sub-station to increase the bulk load wheeling capacity of the station to 312MVA on 132kV voltage level.

Despite this recent upgrade, the sub-station still recorded a breakdown of some of its facilities last month, plunging Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Park view estate, Obalende, Idumagbo and other adjoining areas into darkness.

Idemudia later confirmed the fire incident in a statement but added that the fire was quickly put out through the combined effort of firemen from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Union Bank, Federal Fire Service and Lagos State Fire Service.

He had also acknowledged that the fire incident would result in power interruption in parts of Ikoyi, Moloney, Keffi and other parts of central Lagos.

The EKEDC’s spokesman assured consumers in the affected areas that there was no cause for alarm as measures had already been put in place to sustain power supply to affected areas through back-feeding from alternative power source.

He had also stated that efforts were already on by a combined team of engineers and technicians from both EKEDC and TCN to ensure that the Alagbon transmission injection sub-station was fully back in circuit within the shortest possible time.

Residents of some parts of Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Park View Estate, Obalende, Idumagbo and other adjoining areas had experienced prolonged power outage last as month as result of the breakdown of some facilities at the injection sub-station, which is a major source of bulk power supply to EKEDC from TCN.

The fault at the sub-station had put EKEDC’s distribution injection sub-stations in Adetokunbo Ademola Way, Berkeley, Anifowose, Fowler and Idumagbo totally out of circuit.