Nigeria’s power grid suffers collapse twice again

Nigeria’s power grid suffers collapse twice again

- The power grid partially collapsed twice between April 12 and 14 according to figures released by the power ministry

- The report says the grid collapsed from 3,946.5 megawatts on April 11, to as low as 351.3MW on April 12

- The power situation only moving up marginally from the 351.3MW recorded on April 11

Over two months after the Nigerian government’s efforts to stabilise electricity and ensure stability, the country’s power grid reportedly collapsed twice between April 12 and 14, according to the power ministry’s figures.

The Punch reports that figure from the power, works and housing ministry in Abuja on Monday, April 16, showed that the grid recorded partial collapses.

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The report said the generated power on the grid dropped from a high of 3,946.5 megawatts on April 11, to as low as 351.3MW on April 12, which was the lowest quantum of grid electricity recorded in past two months.

The figure further showed that power generation remained in that situation only moving up marginally from the 351.3MW recorded on April 11, to 596MW on April 14. It however rose to 3,500MW on April 15, as shown by the figures from the Nigeria electricity system operator, an arm of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

According to the report, Nigeria’s power generation had hovered above 3,900MW for more than two months before the collapse with the last incident being the first day February, 2018.

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Minister Babatunde Fashola was recently quoted as saying that investment appetite for Nigeria’s power sector was high.

“If there is one sector in the Nigerian economy that investment appetite is high, it is the power sector and the potential that it brings on,” Fashola said at the venue of the unveiling of a 60MVAR power capacity bank at the TCN transmission substation in Abuja.

NAIJ.com earlier reported that data from the Transmission Company of Nigeria has shown that the national electricity grid collapsed six times within a period of eight days in January. Statistics from an arm of the TCN, the Nigeria Electricity System Operator, showed that the incidents occurred between Monday, January 1 and Monday, January 8.

During this first system collapse which occurred between January 1 and 2, the country’s power generation crashed from 3,667.5 megawatts to 5.0 megawatts. On January 3, which was the second grid collapse, power generation was at 51 megawatts, but moved up to 2,660.1 megawatts the following day. For the third time on January 5, power generation crashed to 107 megawatts.

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Source: Naija.ng

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