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Nigeria faces nation wide blackout as national grid collapse

National blackout as national grid collapse

Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has confirmed the collapse of the national electricity grid system. The national grid according to the General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs. Ndidi Mbah; collapsed in the early hours of Wednesday.

The company swung to action as soon as the report comes and the move to restore the grid. As at the time of filing in this report, the cause of the collapse in the grid is yet to be ascertained. The TCN also confirmed the system disturbance, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja noted the incident occurred at 1 am but could not immediately confirm the cause of the power loss.

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Meanwhile, the power was restored shortly by the Transmission Company of Nigeria and leaving power generation at 2,900 megawatts after the repair.

According to Mrs. Mbah, the National Control Centre (NCC) of TCN in Osogbo began instant fixing of the grid which has been completed nationwide.  The one left is that of the Eastern axis which was to be completed shortly as at when TCN announced the system disturbance.

Power loss due to the current system collapse revealed that 1,658MW has been lost to the system disturbance.  It has been speculated that the power grid should spike up as soon as the transmission is restored in the East major lines for utmost energy generation of 4,000MW threshold

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On the cause of the collapse, the Public Affairs officer said TCN shall investigate the cause of the effect to forestall future occurrence.

“TCN would commence investigations into the cause of the supply loss as soon as full recovery is achieved, Mrs Mbah said.

She further assured Nigerians of TCN commitment to making sure there is the constant power supply in the nation especially during this lockdown and beyond.

‘We are committed to ensuring grid stability and consistent bulk power supply, especially at this time of the pandemic.”


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