Power outage was experienced within most parts of Kano metropolis on Thursday following a fire outbreak at the Kofar Dan’agundi transmission station in Kano State which resulted in the shutting down of the Socio-economic activities around Dan’agundi.
The reason for the fire outbreak was given by the Head of Corporate Communications, Kano Electricity Distribution Company ( KEDCO ), Mr Sani Bala-Sani, who said that one of the two 60 MVA transformers in the station was burnt down and the transformer was responsible for supplying power to the central part of Kano Metropolis. He also noted that the affected areas would remain in darkness until the Transmission Company of Nigeria ( TCN ) finds a solution to the problem.
“It is the responsibility of Transmission Company of Nigeria ( TCN ) to either repair the burnt transformer or replace it with another one,” he said.
He, however, mentioned that KEDCO engineers had already started working on how to divert the lines of customers affected to the other transformer, pending when the TCN rectified the problem.
“This will serve as an interim measure because all the affected areas will be on load shedding,” he said.
He also appealed to TCN to repair the transformer in good time to save the company ( KEDCO ) from losing revenue from its customers in the city explaining that the appeal was necessary, recalling that the Kumbotso transmission substation which was also gutted by fire about two years ago had yet to be fixed.
“We have a similar problem at Kumbotso transmission substation which was gutted by fire about two years ago, but has yet to be repaired,” Sani added.