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Illegal sand excavation threatens transmission towers in Edo State

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The Transmission Firm of Nigeria (TCN) on Monday mentioned that the actions of unlawful sand excavators round its transmission towers at Umelu group in Benin Metropolis in Edo State are a menace to its towers and operations.

The TCN disclosed this in an announcement posted on its X handle on Monday.

Illegal sand excavation threatens transmission towers in Edo State - TCN
Unlawful sand excavation threatens transmission towers in Edo State – TCN

Sand excavation is the expulsion of sand, normally from an open pit. This can be mined from dunes and seashores and even dredged from rivers and ocean beds.

The corporate defined that the actions of excavators on this explicit web site have largely affected the integrity of Towers 15 and 16 at Umelu group.

“The Transmission Firm of Nigeria (TCN) has disclosed that the actions of unlawful sand excavators round its transmission towers are a menace to its towers and operations.

“Not too long ago, whereas on routine patrol on B1T and B2T Benin-Onitsha 330kV transmission traces. The TCN traces patrol workforce found a violation of its transmission line Proper of Approach (RoW) by sand excavators.

Illegal sand excavation threatens transmission towers in Edo State - TCN
Unlawful sand excavation threatens transmission towers in Edo State – TCN

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“The actions of excavators on this explicit web site have largely affected the integrity of Towers 15 and 16 at Umelu Neighborhood in Benin Metropolis,” the corporate mentioned.



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The TCN famous that such actions by sand excavators round its towers trigger deep erosion, which impacts the inspiration of the towers and may result in their collapse, inflicting energy outages.

Illegal sand excavation threatens transmission towers in Edo State - TCN
Unlawful sand excavation threatens transmission towers in Edo State – TCN

It mentioned tower collapse can even threaten grid stability and, as well as, result in lack of lives and property.

“The GMT, Benin Area, Isaac Okpe, is working with the Edo State Authorities and the Division of State Safety (DSS) within the state to finish the menace,” it mentioned.







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