Nigeria Partially Restores Collapsed Power Grid

Power has been partially restored in Nigeria after the national electricity grid of the African country experienced a system collapse on Sunday, plunging most parts of the nation into a blackout, according to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

Power has been partially restored in Nigeria after the national electricity grid of the African country experienced a system collapse on Sunday, plunging most parts of the nation into a blackout, according to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).

“At 11:25am today, the nation’s electricity grid experienced multiple trippings, which led to the collapse of the system,” TCN said in a statement.

TCN, a company controlled by the federal government of Nigeria, said that it has launched investigations to determine the origin of the “multiple trippings”.

According to the firm, it has started grid restoration and successfully restored power to most part of the African nation, except Calabar, Ugwuaji, Makurdi, Jos, Gombe, Yola and Maidugiri axes.

The major power outage came as Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) reported that some vandalism activities has thrown the surrounding areas of its franchise locations in Abuja into complete darkness.

After the first announcement of the national power grid collapse in the country, Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) and its Lagos counterpart Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) apologized for inconveniencing their customers.

The power sector has been problematic and unstable over the years in Nigeria.

According to the World Bank, 47 percent of Nigeria’s overall population do not acquire electricity from the country’s national power grid, adding that it has the largest electricity access shortage in the Sub-Saharan Africa.

Some experts in the power sector said that the system failures in the country could be resolved through acquiring a spinning reserve which could compensate for generation or transmission of electricity during power grid collapses.


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