Nigeria is once more experiencing a power outage after a collapse in the national grid, managed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) based in Osogbo, Osun State. An investigation revealed that electrical output has dropped to a scant 273 megawatts, generated from only two of the country’s more than 27 power plants.
Just a week after the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) publicly celebrated an arguably stable 400 days of grid operation, the system has faltered. According to information from multiple distribution companies, the grid experienced a shutdown at 12:41 AM, resulting in most of their feeder lines going offline.
Due to having only five power plants functioning on the grid as of 4:00 a.m. on Thursday morning, the electrical output was far below expectations. Afam VI barely managed 0.70MW, while Dadinkowa and Olorunsogo were operational but not generating any electricity. Ibom Power was providing 32.90MW and Jebba was contributing a more substantial 240MW.
Earlier, at 1:00 a.m., the entire grid had fallen to a shocking low of 35MW, effectively indicating a total system failure. However, some recovery was observed, as the output increased to 193MW by 3:00 a.m., and then 273MW by the time of this report. As of now, no statement has been released by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to explain this severe instability and collapse.
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