National Grid Collapses, Plunges Lagos, Others Into Darkness

The Electricity Transmission System, also known as the National Network, suffered a partial collapse on Friday, which plunged the entirety of Lagos, Ibadan and the environment into total darkness for about 37 minutes.

The electricity supply was, as a result of the collapse, which occurred at 12:58 pm, cut off to Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC); Ikeja Electric (IE) and Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) until around 1:35 pm. Sources from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), an agency in charge of the network, confirmed the incident and added that the network has been restored.

He had previously revealed that the subsequent collapse of the National Network cannot be completely avoided in the country. In a statement titled: “TCN restores supply after system collapse,” the company explained that since National Grid is still operating on zero-turn reserve, system instability, such as partial system disruption, might not be avoidable. and the repetition of the closing as the previous one. yesterday is inevitable.

The company revealed that although a complete restoration had been achieved, the network was still recovering from a partial disturbance of the previous system. The nation’s power grid, it will be recalled, had collapsed more than 108 times after the privatization of the power sector, data from the Nigerian Transmission Company shows. The TCN, which manages the national network, remains government-owned and fully operated.

While TCN said the grid had a transmission capacity of 8,100MW, the highest power generation ever achieved in the country is slightly above 5,375MW. The sector was privatized by the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan with 11 electricity distribution companies and six generation companies handed over to major investors on November 1, 2013. Between November 1, 2013 and May 2020, the number of Total recorded network collapses was 83, while the grid partially collapsed 25 times.

A total system collapse means a total blackout across the country, while a partial system collapse is a failure of a section of the grid, according to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission. The network has continued to suffer from system collapse over the years amid the lack of a revolving reserve that is meant to prevent such events. 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.

Source: – Newstelegraph