Blackout as grid collapses after losing 1106MWs power

SOME parts of the country were thrown into darkness on Monday after the national grid collapsed upon losing 1106 Megawatts. 

Data showed that as of 6am on Monday, 19 generation companies (GenCos) had generated 3,867.60 MWs of electricity. 

They were; Afam IV & V (Gas), Afam VI (Gas/steam), Alaoji NIPP (Gas), Azura-Edo IPP (Gas), Delta (Gas), Egbin (Steam), Geregu (Gas), Ihovbor NIPP (Gas), Jebba (Hydro), Kainji (hydro). Others are Rivers IPP (Gas), Sapele NIPP (Gas), Shiroro (hydro), Trans-Amadi (Gas), Olorunsogo (Gas), Omoku (gas), Omotosho (gas), Omotosho NIPP (gas) and Paras energy (Gas). 

However, hourly, the system continued to lose various amounts of power. For instance, by 7am on Monday, Delta Gas, which generated 522MWs, had gone off the grid and by 11am, generation went off. 

As of 5pm on Monday, the total generation to the grid was 104.30 MWs from Ihovbor NIPP gas. In a terse statement, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) also confirmed the development. 

It said efforts were being made to restore normal supply to customers within its franchise. 

The statement read, “Dear esteemed customer, we experienced a general outage across the AEDC network at 10:40 am today (Monday) due to a system collapse which occurred on the national grid. 

“Appropriate measures are now being taken to restore normal supply as quickly as possible. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience,” it said. 

Similarly, the Eko Electricity Distribution Company Limited and Ikeja Electric Plc have said that the partial collapse of the grid, which occurred at 10.40 am, disrupted power supply within their networks. 

In a statement to its customers, the Eko DisCos said, “Dear esteemed customer, we regret to inform you of a total system collapse on the national grid at 10:40 am today (Monday), leading to outages across our network. 

“We are closely monitoring the situation with our Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) partners to determine the cause and a timeline for resolution.”

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