Many residential and commercial areas of Lagos State will be thrown into total darkness for about two months as a major power facility upgrade begins.

The TCN is replacing all the aluminum conductors with gap conductors which is more sophisticated to withstand heat and has more capacity to carry current.

The implication of this is that from 8 am to 6 pm everyday, the substations controlling these areas will be switched off which will affect the feeders connected to them.

Leadership reports that the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) is about to flag off the second phase of infrastructure upgrade to improve the grid system and enhance its electricity wheeling capacity.

The Total Darkness Involves Pre-conductoring of 132KV Lines.

In the last six months the transmission company has engaged in a major turnaround to meet up a timeline set in 2019 but was largely disrupted by COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

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The job which will commence on October 11, and last for eight weeks will involve replacing of cables on the 132KV lines with heat resistant cables and adding more load capacity that will strengthen and improve electricity supply across the Lagos.

Confirming the development to the media yesterday, chief technical officer of Ikeja Electric, Jide Kumapayi, listed the areas to be affected to include;

  • Oregun,
  • Ojodu,
  • Anifowoshe,
  • Obakran,
  • Omole Phase 1,
  • Okeira,
  • Ogba
  • Police Training College,
  • PTC and (Ikeja GRA).

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Kumapayi said the distribution company (DisCo) has already commenced a sensitization exercise to educate customers on the development.

He said consequent upon that, the areas listed would experience total darkness for 10 hours on a daily basis until the end of the exercise.

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