Tuesday 5 March 2013

Rain storm responsible for power disruption at MMA - FAAN

Aviation Nigeria

The Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) Yakubu Dati has said a storm was responsible for the Monday 4 March power surges at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos.

This was made by a press release on Tuesday 5 March issued by the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria and signed by the General Manager Corporate Communications Yakubu Dati.
Power supply had interrupted airlines from landing as scheduled yesterday as some airlines had their landing diverted or rescheduled.

Eye witness report says the heavy rain storm disrupted power supply to the Murtala Muhammed Airport for about six minutes, an incident FAAN engineers say was caused by a power surge from the two main power sources at the airport.

According to the press release, the storm which was very severe affected both the Ejigbo and Egbin power stations which served the airport.

The statement read: 

"The airport is connected to two main power sources from Ejigbo and Egbin power stations. The storm initially knocked off the power supply from Ejigbo which led to a three-minute outage at the airport before our engineers switched over to the alternate power supply source from Egbin. That supply line was later affected by the storm, leading to another three minute power outage.

Our engineers then switched over to the airport’s standby generators, some panels of which were unfortunately soaked with water, due to the heavy flooding that resulted from the heavy rainfall. This resulted in a blackout at the “E” wing of the airport, including the avio bridges. It was for this reason that arriving passengers on an international flight were processed through an alternative route at the terminal and in the process, were exposed momentarily to the rain."

There were no accidents or injuries sustained as a result of the power surge, and airport operations commenced 30minutes later.

The statement added that a power improvement project had commenced at the MMIA and was currently at the test-run stage with expectation that this would be completed before commissioning.

FAAN, through its press release has sent its apologizes to all airport users, passengers and airline operators, for the power outage and indicated its regrets on any inconvenience caused by the incident.


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