How we completed fastest collapsed electricity grid system recovery in Nigeria: TCN Chief

*Since we came on board, we never had any system collapse; and this one that happened on Sunday was restored immediately, which is the fastest system collapse recovery: Sule Abdulaziz, Acting Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has related how the organisation restored the recent collapsed electricity grid system across the country.

Recall that the TCN restored the electricity grid system which collapsed across the country over the past weekend.

Mr. Sule Abdulaziz, Acting Managing Director of the company, who disclosed this at a media briefing Wednesday, said that the system which collapsed evening of Sunday, November 29 was restored within 40 minutes of the incident.

Abdulaziz stated: “The company immediately went into action and stabilised the system in Abuja, before other parts of the country.

“There is nothing strange, but it is normal for a system to collapse and that can happen in any country of the world.

The Acting Chief Executive of TCN further said “since I came on board, we never had any system collapse and this one that happened on Sunday was restored immediately which is the fastest system collapse recovery.

“We are guarding the grid, we don’t want the system collapse to happen, but when it happens, the most important thing is what was done and how it was done to restore the system.”

ConsumerConnect earlier in the week had reported that the organisation said the recent power blackout in the country was due to multiple trippings.

Four states in the North-West zone were reported to have lost electricity supply following the collapse of the national grid last Sunday.

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) during the week as well said the activities of some vandals had thrown parts of its franchise areas in Abuja and environs into a total darkness.

Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) and their counterpart in Lagos, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), which first announced the national grid collapse, also apologised to power consumers for the inconvenience.

Ndidi Mbah, General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, who made the announcement through a statement, disclosed that the company had started the process of restoration to the national grid.

Mbah pointed out that the places that power is yet to be restored were Calabar, Makurdi, Jos, Gombe, Yola, Ugwuaji and Maiduguri axis.

“The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) regrets to inform electricity consumers nationwide that at 11:25 a.m. today (Sunday), the nation’s electricity grid experienced multiple trippings, which led to the collapse of the system,” she said.

The General Manager of Public Affairs added: “TCN has since commenced grid restoration; power has been successfully restored to every part of the country, except Calabar, Ugwuaji, Markurdi, Jos, Gombe, Yola, and Maiduguri axes.

“The effort is however ongoing to ensure full restoration nationwide.”

But the TCN, which is wholly controlled by the Federal Government of Nigeria, stated that it was investigating the blackout while making efforts at restoring electricity to some other parts of the country.

The national grid has continued to suffer system failures over the years, which the sector players have recommended could be solved by the acquisition of a spinning reserve, a generation capacity that is online, and one that can compensate for generation or transmission during collapses.

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