National Power Grid Collapses Again, Throws Nigeria into Darkness

National Power Grid Collapses Again, Throws Nigeria into Darkness

Emmanuel Addeh in Abuja

The national electricity power grid collapsed for the first time in 2024 Sunday, again throwing the entire country into total darkness.

It was learnt that power generated on the grid  slumped significantly at about 11:51am, falling from about 3,852mw at 6am to as low as 59mw at noon on Sunday.

However, at about 5pm, it had begun to pick, hitting 736mw, even though many parts of Nigeria, including Abuja, the seat of government remained without power supply.

At the time it collapsed, THISDAY checks showed that the grid managed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) had 20 power plants completely off, with just Ibom Power online.

A nation of over 200 million people, Nigeria still depends on less than 5,000mw to power their homes and businesses on a daily basis, even though individuals self-generate over 40,000mw.

At the time of going to press, the TCN had yet to issue any statement on the latest development, but Distribution Companies (Discos) were already alerting customers to the situation.

For instance, Kaduna Electric confirmed that the loss of bulk power supply left Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara, and Kebbi states in darkness.

“Power supply shall be restored to our customers as soon as we receive same at load centres across our franchise. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience,” Head of corporate communication at Kaduna Electric, Abdulazeez Abdullahi,  said.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that Nigeria loses as much as $29 billion, that is 5.8 per cent of its annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP), due to a lack of energy and unreliable power supplies.

On its part, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc (AEDC) told its customers to be patient, while the problem was being sorted out by the concerned authorities.

“The Management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc (AEDC) wishes to inform its valued customers that the power outage being experienced is as a result of a system failure from the national grid at 11:21 hours today, 4th February 2024 which has led to a nationwide power outage.

“Rest assured that we are working with the relevant stakeholders to restore power as soon as the grid is stabilised. We appeal for your patience,” the company stated.

The TCN which is the only segment of the electricity value chain wholly owned and controlled by the federal government, has variously said that acquiring a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, which is used for controlling, monitoring, and analysing industrial devices and processes, would markedly reduce supply disruptions.

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