The federal administration said “vandalism” on a transmission tower on the Odukpani – Ikot Ekpene 330kV double circuit transmission line caused the national grid to collapse on Friday, resulting in a loss of around 400MW of g
This was said by Isa Sanusi, the spokesperson for Minister of Power Abubakar Aliyu, in a statement on Twitter on Saturday.”As a result, a slew of plants around the country were forced to shut down,” he explained.
The impacted power plant, together with the Okpai and Alam IV power plants, was recently updated to provide 400 megawatts of electricity to the national grid. On Friday, electricity firms notified their customers of the latest system outage, which left many communities in the dark.
“Please be advised that a national grid failure has just occurred, resulting in an outage throughout our franchise areas.” We apologize for the inconvenience and ask that you please bear with us as we wait for TCN restoration. The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company expressed sorry for any inconvenience caused.
“Dear customers, there was a loss of supply as a result of the Transmission Firm of Nigeria (TCN) system failure around 6:30 p.m. across all our franchise states of Bauchi, Benufe, Gombe, and Plateau,” said Jos power distribution company.
This is the fifth collapse this year.
The fall, according to the Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, was caused by poor maintenance and a gas shortage. He stated that actions had been taken, but that the Presidential Power Initiative had mitigated them in order to prevent future occurrences.
“While the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and System Operator (the national grid’s operator) are conducting a detailed investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the recurring grid failure, the process of restoring supply is ongoing, with some sections of the national grid already energised and supply restored to consumers,” Mr Sanusi said in the statement.
The system operator was restoring the grid, he said, and additional on-grid power plants were despatched to compensate the lost generation capacity from the Niger Power Holding Company Ltd’s Calabar power plant.
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