Outages: Nigeria’s national electricity grid collapses, says TCN

*The Transmission Company of Nigeria Wednesday says a total electricity system collapse of the national grid has resulted in outages in several parts of the country, appealing to consumers to be patient with TCN to ensure full restoration of the grid and power supply to other parts of Nigeria

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

In view of the current outages being witnessed in several parts of the country, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has disclosed that Nigeria’s national electricity grid, again, has suffered a system collapse.

Ndidi Mbah, TCN General Manager (Public Affairs), in a statement Wednesday, May 12, 2021, said that the system collapse led to the outages witnessed in various parts of Nigeria.

The TCN General Manager (Public Affairs), however, stated the company was already making effort at fully restoring electricity on the national grid.

Mbah noted: “The Transmission Company of Nigeria hereby states that at about 11.01 a..m today, 12th of May, 2021, there was a total system collapse of the grid, as a result of voltage collapse at some parts of the grid.

“TCN commenced grid recovery immediately after the collapse, from Shiroro Generating Station to Katampe TS, Abuja through the Shiroro – Katampe line at 11:29 am, and also through Delta Generating Station to Benin Transmission Substation and has reached Osogbo and parts of Lagos.”

The statement further said: “While the grid restoration and power restoration gradually progress to other parts of the country, the cause of voltage collapse that precipitated this failure is equally being investigated.”

Mbah appealed to consumers in the country to be patient with the TCN in its bid to ensure full restoration of the grid and power supply to the remaining parts of the country.

A report noted the country’s electricity grid, once again, suffered a total system collapse barely a week after the Federal Government approved about N6.2 billion for the award of contracts for six projects in the troubled power sector of the economy.

ConsumerConnect reports the Federal Executive Council (FEC) May 5 granted the approval at the 44th virtual meeting of the Council, presided by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, FCT.

Mamman Saleh, Honourable Minister for Power, who presented six memos to the FEC, had told State House correspondents in Abuja, that the government’s efforts at boosting power supply in the country dominated discussions at the meeting last Wednesday.

According to Saleh, the approvals included the award of a contract for the design, manufacture, and supply of critical spare parts for Crompton Greaves 330KV, 132KV, and 33KV circuit breakers at N298,339,887.04.

Others include procurement of 50 sets of 400AH battery banks – 30 to 50 volts, and 30 number of 110 volts battery charges for the substation used by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) at N644,805,953.10.

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