Just in: Blackout looms as national grid collapses again
Nigeria’s electricity grid operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has again collapsed.
The Eko Electricity Distribution Company confirmed that the grid collapse occurred at about 11:27 am.
“Dear Customers, we regret to inform you of a system collapse on the National grid at precisely 11:27 am today, Wednesday, July 20. We are in talks with the Transmission Company of Nigeria to ascertain the cause of the collapse and a possible restoration timeline,” the Disco Company said via its Twitter handle on Wednesday.
It was gathered that only the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) recorded 40Mw at that material time with other distribution companies, recording 0Mw.
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In June, the National Grid collapsed for the fifth time this year resulting in nationwide power outage.
The Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu had last month attributed the low electricity supply across the country to gas supply challenges.
The Minister in a statement by his media aide, Malam Isa Sanusi explained that the “dip in electricity generation is as a result of the partial shutdown of the Oben gas plant to address the repair of critical gas processing equipment”.
The government noted that the “incident unfortunately occurred at a time when other power plants on other gas sources are undergoing planned maintenance and capacity testing.