By Ikenna Omeje
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said its 330/132kV transmission substation at Molai in Maiduguri, Borno State was attacked by insurgents early in the month.
In a statement signed by the General Manager (Public Affairs), Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, TCN said that during the attack, 2No Post Isolators Porcelain units were affected; the cracks were however not too deep as to affect supply to the substation. Also affected were two Hilux vans and one vehicle belonging to a staff of the company while the insurgents made away with the third Hilux Van.
Other items that were destroyed during the attack include hiab truck, computer, monitor and printer in the control room. The windows of the Control Room and staff house were not also left out, as they were shattered by the fire power of the insurgents.
The statement noted that it would have been more calamitous for the company, if not for the individual brilliance of the operator on duty, who did exceptionally well by opening the transmission lines from the substation and shutting down the station hastily before leaving the substation just before the insurgents arrived at the substation.
However, after a thorough assessment of the substation facilities following the attack by TCN engineers, power was restored in the area on Wednesday 8th May 2019 at 9.31Hrs.
TCN commended the efforts of security operatives who have continuously made it possible for its operators to run the substation and pleaded with the government to deploy more security operatives to the area, to further boost the morale of workers who have remained resolute in ensuring that electricity supply is sustained in Maiduguri and its environs despite the security challenges in the city.
The Molai Transmission Substation, which is a 330/132/33kV substation, was completed and energized on October 25th, 2018 and formally commissioned on 13th February, 2019. The substation consists of 150MVA and 60MVA power transformers which feed Yola Disco customers in Maiduguri and environs.
TCN reiterated its commitment to implementing the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Program under which some level of investment and consequently stability has been achieved. Nigeria must complete the on-going investment in grid expansion & rehabilitation, establish adequate spinning reserve and install well-functioning Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA), to completely stabilize and modernize the grid. Molai Substation since its establishment has witnessed series of attacks by insurgents, which has not discouraged TCN and its staff from ensuring that power is supplied to Maiduguri and its environs.