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Power failure looms in S-South as tanker destroys transmission cable

ERERA Power lines18 March 2014, Benin – Power failure is looming in the South South, following the destruction of some transmission cables and towers estimated at over N1 billion in the Warri area of Delta State.

The transmission lines, which includes 12 towers were damaged during an accident involving a 33, 000 litre tanker, which caught fire in the area, damaging the transmission cables and towers seriously.

According to the Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, it will pose a threat to the resolve of the Federal Government to provide steady power supply for Nigerians,  if the problem was not fixed soonest.
The minister, weekend during an on-the-spot assessment of the damaged cables, appealed to Nigerians to help protect power facilities rather than destroy them and lamented the destruction of other power facilities in Ogwashi-Uku, Delta State.

He noted that the funding of an alternative transmission line by the Federal Government made it possible to evacuate the 350 megawatts of power being generated from the Delta axis of the country.

According to him, “This is the point, Tower Number 8, there was an accident where a 33,000 litre tanker with fuel fell and exploded and the fuel in it caught fire and because of the intensity of the heat, the conductors caught fire and were affected. All the towers are under tension and once the heat reached its limit, it will snap and because it snapped,  it affected 12 of them, though two others were affected but they didn’t fall. The ones that fell we have started repairing.

“It is not something that can be done overnight, but we are going to make sure that something is done soonest. It will take about six months, but we can hasten it if we put more men to it.


– Simon Ebegbulem, Vanguard

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