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TCN ‘fully restores’ National Grid after Afam Power Station fire incident: Spokesperson

*The Transmission Company of Nigeria announces the full restoration of the national grid, following a fire incident at the Afam Power Generating Station, in Rivers State, which earlier caused a partial disturbance of the country’s power infrastructure

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), has said the national grid is restored fully.

Ndidi Mbah, Spokesperson of TCN, who earlier confirmed the grid collapse incident, late Monday, April 15, 2024, said the grid had been restored fully.

The TCN, earlier Monday, had attributed the partial grid failure that caused blackouts around the country to a fire incident at the Afam Power Generating Station, in Rivers State.

ConsumerConnect had reported there were nationwide blackouts after the national electricity grid collapsed at 2:00 a.m. Monday.

Subsequently, several electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos), including the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) and Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JosDisCo) communicated the incident to millions of power consumers in their respective franchise areas in Nigeria.

Mbah, TCN Spokesperson, also affirmed that the collapse of the national grid was caused by a fire, which erupted at the Afam V 300kV busbar coupler, leading to the tripping of units at Afam III and Afam VII, in Rivers State, South-South region.

The fire incident destabilised the grid, causing partial collapse of the facility, stated Mbah.

The statement also noted: “The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), announces the full restoration of the national grid following a fire incident at the Afam Power Generating Station, which caused a partial disturbance of the nation’s grid.

“At 02:41 Hours today, 15th April 2024, a fire erupted at the Afam V330kV busbar coupler, leading to the tripping of units at Afam III and Afam VI.”

The TCN stated: “This resulted in a sudden generation loss of MW and 305MW respectively, destabilising the grid and causing a partial collapse.

“During the incident, the Ibom Power Plant was isolated from the grid and was supplying parts of the Port Harcourt Region.”

The company further said: “This further minimised the effect of the system disturbance. TCN confirms that the affected section of the grid has been fully restored and stabilised.

“TCN reaffirms its commitment to enhancing the resilience and reliability of the national grid and pledges to continue investing in measures aimed at further strengthening the grid infrastructure.”

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