The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has blamed incessant power outage at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos on the ongoing construction at the new international terminal of the airport.
Although electricity supply was restored at some parts of the airport yesterday. FAAN however warned that there could be more disruptions as the agency plans to find a lasting solution to the power cuts.
The agency explained that electric cables buried underground that provided electricity at the airport were inadvertently excavated by construction workers at the location where the new terminal is being built.
FAAN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr. Yakubu Dati who confirmed the excavation of the cables said engineers from the agency have been working to move the cables from the construction site and replace those that have been destroyed, noting that this would take a little time before the work is completed.
“Preliminary reports indicate the cause of the outage was the damage of two 11 KVA underground cables located within the construction premises of the new international terminal. Our engineers are urgently rectifying the problem. However, FAAN will relocate those cables out of the construction site to prevent re-occurrence and we crave your indulgence while that is being done. The Authority apologises for the inconvenience caused to airlines, passengers and the general public,” Dati said.
He said demand for electricity at the airport has been overstretched due to increased activities and expansion of the terminal. FAAN has acquired 500 KVA transformer and it is in the process of installing the equipment.
“Once we move the cables from the construction site, we are sure we would have stable electricity supply at the airport, but to permanently meet the growing demand and in view of the rapid and continuous increase of activities in the near future, we are installing the 500 KVA transformer,” Dati said.
He noted that FAAN doesn’t rely on public power supply because of the hiccups associated with it so the agency has new generators and with the combination of the old ones, the Authority has been providing electricity to both the international terminal and the General Aviation Terminal (GAT).
Dati also disclosed that FAAN would replace all the old underground cables, which were installed when the airport was built almost 40 years ago.