Lagos Blue Line rail upgrades with new power plant

The Lagos State Government has completed an independent power system designed to enhance the reliability and sustainability of the Lagos Blue Line rail, which is now in the testing phase.  

Kolawole Ojelabi, Head of Corporate Communication at Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), announced this through an official statement on the Authority’s X account last Friday.  

The statement elaborated that the newly installed power system and its substations along the rail corridor are set to boost the Blue Line rail’s efficiency and dependability. 

The independent power plant serves as a backup to the main power supply, which is provided by the national grid via the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, originating from the Ijora and Akongba substations.  

This plant features a diesel rotary uninterruptible power supply (DRUPS) system, marking it as the second installation of this kind in Nigeria.  

The DRUPS system springs into action when the grid power is interrupted or fluctuates beyond acceptable limits. It utilizes stored energy in a flywheel to instantly power an electrical generator, ensuring a seamless power transition until the diesel engine initiates.  

This setup ensures a reliable and uninterrupted electricity supply to the entire train network, including all the stations. 

Source: Nairametrics

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