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Electricity: Nigeria’s grid in total collapse



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The nationwide complete power outage across the country on Sunday evening was due to a total collapse of the nation’s electricity grid.

In Abuja, the nation’s capital, there was total blackout with some offices which operate on Sunday battling with their generator sets and other alternative source of power as the national electricity grid crashed to zero with power bulbs fluctuating.

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The electricity grid had collapse for the fourth time this year, but Sunday’s collapse to a zero level was the first in the year.

A staff of Generating Company who expressed regret over incessant power outages explained that the incident started at about 6pm as the generation from various power plants dipped.

He said: “As of 6:00pm on Sunday, June 12, 2022, power generation on the national grid was 1,353.80 megawatts (MW), generated by 13 GenCos shortly before the system crashed.”

“There are up to 24 active Gencos on the grid system, but even from the 13 GenCos on Sunday evening, only Delta (Ughelli) GenCo did up to 371MW; Rivers IPP had 156MW, Omotosho did 130MW, Olorunsogo did 128MW while the other nine GenCos did not generate up to 100MW.

“Sadly, the baseload GenCos which are the three hydropower plants that guarantee stable electricity were affected.

“While Kainji had 51MW, Jebba had 88MW and Shiroro was down, some 45 minutes before the national grid collapsed.”

Reports from the Nigeria System Operations, a section of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and grid manager, indicate that there has been a lull in power generation.

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