FAAN, firm partner to end power outages at airports

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Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, has formed a partnership with generator manufacturer, Mantrac Caterpillar, to finally put an end to the incessant power outages at airports across the country, especially the Murtala Muhammed Airport, MMA, Lagos.

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Managing Director, FAAN, Saleh Dunoma, had inspected the entire airport, including the Power House of FAAN, where the existing generating sets are housed with the Vice President, Asia Pacific, Africa and Middle East Distribution Division, Mantrac Caterpillar, Mr. Raymond Chan.

After the joint inspection at the international wing of the Lagos Airport, FAAN assured airport users, airlines and other stakeholders that the era of power cuts was over.

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Dunoma, who was represented at the inspection by the Director of Maintenance and Engineering, FAAN, Mr. Femi Ogunode, emphasised that the visit by the company, the original manufacturer of the six generators at FAAN Power House was part of management response to find lasting solution to the series of power outages being experienced.

He added that in the event of any power failure, FAAN has generator backups to power the terminals.

He explained that as part of the long lasting solution to the power outage, the agency had re-routed most of its cable that passed through construction sites, adding that FAAN does not expect any power outage to happen again at the terminal.

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He further attributed recent power outages at the airport to system failure in the country and ongoing construction works at MMA.

He specifically said that the construction work had led to cables being cut in several places. Ogunode disclosed that FAAN has six standby generators capable of generating 24 megawatts, adding that each of the generators produces four megawatts.

He also noted that the visit to FAAN by the Caterpillar team showed that there was hope for the sector in terms of power improvement.

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FAAN had severally attributed the incessant power outages at the terminal to the excavation of electric cables buried underground that supply power to the airport by construction workers working on the new international terminal.

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