June 25, 2024

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Nigeria: National electricity power grid collapses 47 times in five years

NIGERIA’s scandalously tottering national electric-power grid has totally collapsed 47 times in just over five years.
This means there is total national electricity blackout 10 times each year since year 2017 alone.
Don’t cheer: there is no data on that national shame circuit for year 2023 yet.
But, the latest total blackout episode in Nigeria was on Sunday January 4, 2024.
The electricity Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says it has “settled” the matter, life goes on.
But in September 2023, TCN reported a total of 46 grid collapses in the country between 2017 and 2022.
In 2017 and 2018, there were 15 and 12 grid collapses, respectively. There were nine grid collapses in 2019, four in 2020 and two in 2021.
In 2022, there were four grid collapses. Nobody has cared to say how many times the national grid similarly collapsed in year 2023..
Following the national power grid collapse on Sunday morning, the system’s capacity dropped from 2,407 megawatts to just 31mgw by midday and to zero by 1 pm.
Nigerians across the country saw total darkness as the national power grid managed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) recorded its first collapse in 2024.
Distribution companies began alerting customers about the situation, beginning with Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc (AEDC) which in a statement announced the collapse of the grid.
The grid might have been restored but, when would this happen next?