Thursday, January 4, 2018

Nigeria’s electricity grid collapses twice in 16 hours

Nigeria’s electricity grid collapsed twice within 16 hours, leaving many parts of the country in complete blackout.

The first collapse happened on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at about 10.20pm, while the second happened at 2.19pm on Wednesday.

According to senior officials of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the first collapse contributed largely to the second shutdown, as the country lost about 3,000 megawatts of electricity due to the incidents.

The first grid collapse was caused by a fire incident on the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System of the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Limited.

It resulted in the shutdown of the pipeline that supplies gas to six thermal power plants.

According to the TCN, the second grid collapse occurred at about 14.19hours (2.19pm) on January 3, 2018.

“The system disturbance happened at a time when work on the Western Gas Pipeline by the NGC, which caused the system collapse at about 21.17hours yesterday (Tuesday), is yet to be completed. The grid would have withstood the Odukpani infraction if generation along the Lagos region was available,” the General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Ndidi Mbah told Punch.

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