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  • National grid has collapsed again.

THE NATION REPORTERS reports that Nigeria experienced a nationwide blackout as the national grid has once again experienced system failure, resulting in nationwide blackout since 6.49pm on Sunday.

The national electricity grid crashed to zero with power bulbs fluctuating before they went off in some offices in Abuja.

The disruption marked the 17th time the grid would collapse in 2022.

According to a top official of a Generation Company (GenCo), the nationwide outage began around 6pm as the generation from various power plants dipped.

“We experienced a grid collapse this evening at 18:49 hours,” said the official.

As of 6:00pm on Sunday, June 12, 2022, power generation on the national grid was 1,353.80 megawatts (MW), generated by 13 GenCos shortly before the system crashed.

There are up to 24 active Gencos on the grid system, but even from the 13 GenCos on Sunday evening, only Delta (Ughelli) GenCo did up to 371MW; Rivers IPP had 156MW, Omotosho did 130MW, Olorunsogo did 128MW while the other nine GenCos did not generate up to 100MW.

Sadly, the baseload GenCos which are the three hydropower plants that guarantee stable electricity were affected.

While Kainji had 51MW, Jebba had 88MW and Shiroro was down, some 45 minutes before the national grid collapsed.

Reports from the Nigeria System Operations, a section of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and grid manager, indicate that there has been a lull in power generation.

The highest generation on Saturday was 3,685MW, also being the highest electricity generated in Nigeria for a week (since Sunday 5th June).

According to Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), the development was responsible for the current power outage being experienced.

AEDC through its verified Facebook page on Sunday night appealed to its Abuja customers and those within its areas of operation for understanding as concerned authorities were working tirelessly to restore power supply.

“Please be informed that the current power outage is due to a system failure from the National Grid. The system collapsed at about 6.49pm today 12th June, 2022, causing the outage currently being experienced.

“We appeal for your understanding as all stakeholders are working hard to restore normal supply,” said the management of AEDC.


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