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Again, Power grid collapses, leaving Nigerians in darkness


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In a concerning development, Nigeria experienced yet another power grid collapse, marking the sixth occurrence this year. The electricity generation on the system plummeted from 2,583.77 MW at 2am on Monday to a mere 64.7 MW by 3 am.

Nigeria’s electricity generation stands at an average of 4,000 MW, catering to the needs of approximately 200 million citizens throughout the country.

However, the sustainability of this situation is questionable, as the power grid is facing frequent collapses caused by issues such as gas supply constraints, vandalism of transmission infrastructure, and a liquidity crisis.

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According to data from the Independent System Operator, an entity of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, it was revealed that during the grid collapse on Monday morning, only one electricity generation company, Ibom Power, was operational.

The power generation on the grid experienced a significant drop to 44.5MW at approximately 4am, but quickly recovered to 132.29MW just an hour later.

Jos Electricity Distribution Company has confirmed the occurrence of a grid collapse.

In a notice to customers, Dr. Friday Elijah, the Head of Corporate Affairs at JEDC, explained that the ongoing power outage in their franchise states is due to a loss of power supply from the national grid.

In a sudden turn of events, power supply from the national grid was abruptly cut off in the early hours of today, Monday, April 15, 2024. As a result, there has been a widespread loss of power supply on all our feeders.

Elijah expressed optimism that the grid would soon be restored, allowing electricity consumers to have access to normal power supply.

According to a report by The PUNCH on February 5, 2024, there was a significant drop in power generation on the national grid. Around 12 pm on February 4, 2024, the country experienced a nationwide collapse of the grid, resulting in power generation crashing to 59.9MW.

According to a report, there was a significant drop in electricity generation on the grid on February 4, 2024. Data from the Federal Ministry of Power revealed that the generation capacity plummeted from 2,658.75MW at 11 am to a mere 59.9MW by 12 noon. This decline occurred as power distributors experienced a loss of supply from the grid.

Widespread blackouts swept across the country as power distribution companies pointed to the collapse of the grid managed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria, an agency of the Federal Government, as the cause.


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