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TCN tower on Jos-Gombe transmission line collapses

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), says its tower T290, one of the four new towers erected by its contractors along the Jos – Gombe 330 Kilo Volt (kV} transmission line, collapsed during the cable stringing process.

Mrs Ndidi Mbah, TCN’S General Manager, Public Affairs in a statement in Abuja said the incident occurred at about 7am Monday (Today).

Mbah said the incident occurred while the contractor was stringing the cable on the last tower, which was supposed to enable the final joining of the power cable in time for energising of the line today.

”In spite the security challenges in the area, TCN contractors and some of our engineering staff worked tirelessly to fast-track the project, doing all that was humanly possible to meet the timeline.

”Every day, the contractor, TCN engineers accompanied by security operatives consistently left the site by 10pm and resumed work at 6am.

”Constructing towers and stringing power cables at such heights is highly technical, although TCN contractors and staff have completed similar projects in other parts of the country.

”The collapse of the fourth tower is a significant setback, given the extensive efforts to ensure that the May 27 power restoration timeline was met,” she said.

Mbah said that TCN contractor was currently dismantling the collapsed tower members to enable reconstruction and final restringing of the cable. (NAN)