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Reason the national grid collapsed again

 Reason the national grid collapsed again

File Photo: Electricity power station

Nigeria’s electricity grid has collapsed again, with all the distribution companies reporting power outage.

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company(AEDC) told customers on X that the power outage being experienced “is a result of system failure from the national grid in the early hours of today 14 September.

“Be rest assured we are working with the relevant stakeholders to restore power as soon as the grid is stabilised,” AEDC management said and sued for calm

EKo Electricity Distribution Company said the outage occurred at 6.41 am, causing total loss of supply across its network.

“We are in continuous communication with our partners at National Control Centre(NCC), Osogbo. You will be updated as we get more information”.

Enugu Electricity Distribution Company said it experienced the outage just after midnight.

In a statement by Emeka Ezeh, its head Corporate Communications, EEDC said:

“The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC) wishes to inform her esteemed customers of a total system collapse which occurred at 12:40am today, 14th September,2023. This has resulted to the loss of supply currently being experienced across the network.

“Due to this development, all our interface TCN stations are out of supply, and we are unable to provide service to our customers in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States.

“We are on standby awaiting detailed information of the collapse and restoration of supply from the National Control Centre (NCC), Osogbo”.

Kaduna Electric similarly reported outage.

In a statement published on X, it said:

“We regret to inform you that the power outage being experienced in our franchise states is due to System Collapse of the National Grid”.

Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) kept mute for many hours over the outage.

But in a statement announcing the restoration of power, TCN said the outage was caused by a fire incident on Kanji/Jebba 330kV line 2.

“The incident is being investigated, with the view to forestalling future occurrence and invariably further strengthen the grid”, said Ndidi Mbah, GM, Public Affairs

Earlier, TCN data showed that power generation fell to zero in the early hours of today.

It rose to 273 megawatts (MW) by 1030 a.m, which was still well below the daily average of 4,100 MW.

Grid power supply is erratic in Nigeria, forcing households and businesses to use diesel and petrol generators.

The grid collapsed at least four times in 2022, which authorities blamed on technical problems.

Nigeria has 12,500 MW of installed capacity but produces about a quarter of that.

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