Nigerian Power Grid Collapses for Second Time

Nigeria’s electricity grid crashed again yesterday, after crashing to zero generation and supply in March, and caused countless homes and businesses to plunge into absolute darkness and distressed Nigerian citizens.

According to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the grid collapsed for the first time in 2022 when Egbin, Nigeria’s largest thermal power plant, ceased generating on February 4 owing to a fire outbreak at the Ikorodu, Lagos plant, resulting in the loss of 6.30MW from the grid and collapsed two more times the following month.

The latest collapse brought the total number of incidents in 2022 to four, with three of them occurring in the same month (February, March, and April).

In a mail addressed to its customers yesterday, the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) said the latest grid collapse occurred at 6:30 p.m., causing outages across its network, and that it was working with the TCN to resolve the situation.

“We appeal for your understanding as all stakeholders are working hard to restore normal supply,” said the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) in a tweet.

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