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Government to sanction manufacturers of destroyed TCN transformer

18 March 2014, 10:54

Abuja - The Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, has said that the Federal Government will sanction the Chinese company that manufactured the 150MVA transformer which caught fire at the Osogbo Transmission Centre.

The incident happened early in March.

According to Nebo the company will be punished if investigations into the fire incident showed that the product was sub-standard.

“The measure will serve as a deterrent to those other manufacturers of sub-standard products and equipment,’’ the minister said in a statement.

The minister, who was at the project site in Osogbo last weekend to assess the level of damage, said investigation to unravel the cause of the fire was still ongoing.

The minister was apparently reliably informed that the fire was likely to have been caused by installation failure.

This might have resulted from sub-standard coils used in the transformer.

A new 150MVA transformer, originally procured for the expansion of power supply network in Osogbo, would be used to replace the burnt one.

Nebo appealed to the communities where power supply had been disrupted as a result of the fire incident for understanding.

he minister assured them that full electricity supply would soon be restored to their area.

It said Nebo also commended the efforts of the fire-fighters who stopped the fire from consuming other transformers close to the burnt one.

-    NAN

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