Blackout As Power Grid Collapses

Parts of the country were plunged into a total blackout for hours on Sunday after the country’s power grid collapsed again, The PUNCH reports.

Two of the country’s power distribution companies, Kaduna Electric and Eko Electricity Distribution Company, announced the collapse of the national grid on Sunday afternoon.

Kaduna Electric, in a message to its customers through its Twitter account, said: “We regret to inform you that the loss of power supply in our franchise – states of Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara – is due to the collapse of the national grid. The collapse occurred around 11:26 a.m. this morning.

“The supply will be restored as soon as the grid is up and running again. We’re sorry for all the inconvenience. “ added the Disco.

EKEDC, in a text message sent to its clients, said: “Dear customer, there is a system collapse in the national network. Supply will be restored as soon as the problem is resolved. Apologies for the inconvenience.

The network, which is being managed by the government-owned Nigerian Transmission Company, has continued to suffer from system collapse over the years amid a lack of revolving reserve that is meant to prevent such incidents.

The rotating reserve is the generation capacity that is online but unloaded and that can respond in 10 minutes to compensate for generation or transmission outages.