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Proposed outage on Osogbo-Akure-Ado-Ekiti 132kV line not approved – TCN

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has refuted reports of a scheduled power outage on the Osogbo-Akure-Ado-Ekiti 132kV line, which was purportedly set to begin on July 1, 2024 (today), for the installation of Optical Ground Wire (OPGW).

This denial comes after the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) had earlier announced that TCN would be conducting essential maintenance work on the 132kV Akure Osogbo transmission line, resulting in a two-month power outage in Ondo and Ekiti states.

The planned outage was expected to last nine hours daily, sparking concerns among consumers in the affected regions.

TCN’s clarification aims to alleviate these concerns and provide reassurance that power supply will not be disrupted.

BEDC public notice had read;
“Please be informed that the Transmission Company of Nigeria is scheduled to carry out critical maintenance work on the 132kV Akure Osogbo transmission line.

“The planned work involves the installation of Optical Ground Wire and other activities. This will require an outage on the affected network for safe working space.

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“Customers in the affected areas will experience service interruptions during the period of the planned outages. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and kindly solicit your patience and understanding,” the notice read.

However, TCN in statement on Monday morning debunked the report, noting that such outage request has been approved.

The statement signed by TCN General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, was titled: “Re: Outage On Osogbo/Akure -Ado-Ekiti 132kV Line”.

The statement reads: “A publication by the BEDC regarding a proposed outage on Osogbo-Akure-Ado-Ekiti 132kV line for the purpose of installing OPGW commencing on 1st July, 2024 has been brought to the notice of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN.

“TCN Management hereby informs the general public that no such outage request has been approved.”

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