Transmission Company of Nigeria Restores National Power Grid After Collapse

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has announced the successful restoration of the national power grid, which collapsed at 4:28 pm on Thursday. According to TCN’s statement on Friday, the grid attained full recovery by 10 pm on the same day.

Despite the restoration, the Eko Electricity Distribution Company reported minimal power supply from the grid to certain areas, including Agbara, Ojo, Akangba, Ajah, Lekki, and Alagbon Transmission Stations.

TCN’s spokesperson, Ndidi Mbah, attributed the system disturbance to a significant reduction in generation capacity, primarily due to gas constraints. This reduction led to a rapid decline in system frequency, causing an imbalance in the grid. Additionally, the sudden tripping of Egbin generation Turbine 3 exacerbated the situation, resulting in an additional loss of 167MW load and the subsequent collapse of the grid.

Mbah emphasized TCN’s commitment to addressing grid challenges and collaborating with stakeholders in the power sector to mitigate disruptions and restore normal operations swiftly.

This grid collapse follows previous occurrences, with Nigeria’s national power grid collapsing 46 times from 2017 to 2023, according to the International Energy Agency. The Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, has assured Nigerians that current power problems will be resolved within the next three to six months, with gas suppliers expected to receive payments from April, thereby alleviating gas constraints on power generation companies.

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