Another explosion rocks Transcorp power station, throws Port Harcourt residents into darkness
A devastating explosion has rocked Afam’s 966 MW power transmission station in Rivers State, owned and managed by Transcorp. The explosion has led to power outages in some parts of Port Harcourt and its environs.
The incident at the gas plant located in the Oyibo Local Government Area of the state, affected residents of Rumuokwuta, some parts of NTA Road, Rumuola Road, Ikwerre Road from Wimpey junction to Rumuigbo junction, some parts of Ada George, GRA phases 1, 2 and 3, Oroworukwo community and Olu Obasanjo Road.
This is the second time explosion would occur at the gas station. The first one happened in August 2011, as a result of sudden surge of an excess current in one of the sensitive units of the plant, which was later addressed by the DisCo.
The cause of the current explosion has not been established as at press time; but some officials of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Transcorp, and the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution have expressed fear it might have been an attack on the facility.
In a statement released by the PHED management and signed by its acting Manager, Corporate Communications, Mrs Chioma Aninwe, confirming the explosion, revealed that Engineers have commenced repairs work on affected facilities with a view to restoring power supply to the affected communities.
Confirming the explosion, PHED said, “The outage being experienced in some parts of Rivers State is as a result of an explosion that shattered the power transformer at the transmission station.
“Repairs are already ongoing and supply will be restored as soon as possible. Areas affected are: Rumuokwuta, some parts of NTA Road, Rumuola Road, Ikwerre Road from Wimpey junction to Rumuigbo junction, some parts of Ada George, GRA phases 1, 2 and 3, Oroworukwo community and Olu Obasanjo Road. “Others are some parts of Rumukalagbor, some parts of Rumuibekwe, Rumuola under the bridge, Rumuola link road, and some parts of Stadium Road.”