Thursday 14 September 2023

Blackout as national grid collapses

The national grid system, operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), collapsed in the early hours of Thursday, throwing the entire country into blackout.

The grid performance showed power generation dropped to a meagre 48.50 megawatts at 7.00am on Thursday, coming from two out of the over 27 electricity generation plants.

This comes barely a week after TCN had rolled out the drum to celebrate a questionable 400 days of uninterrupted grid stability.

A number of Distribution Companies confirmed that the grid went down at 00:41am, disclosing that most of their feeders were out.

As of 7:00am on Thursday, two generating plants were on the grid – Afam VI had 1.60MW while Ibom Power had 46.90MW. All other companies on the grid had zero generation.

At about 1am midnight, the total power on the grid was 35MW, indicating that the country experienced a total collapse.

The grid went to 193MW at about 3am before climbing to 273MW. By 6.00am, the power on the grid had risen to 798.50MW, before plummeting to 48.50MW as at 7.00am.

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