Nation blackout looms as national grid collapses


Following the system collapse of the national electricity grid on Wednesday, most parts of the country are expected to experience a blackout the TCN has said.

According to Ndidi Mbah, spokesperson of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), he however said there is ongoing effort to fully restore electricity on the grid.

“The Transmission Company of Nigeria hereby states that at about 11.01 am today, 12th of May, 2021, there was a total system collapse of the grid, as a result of voltage collapse at some parts of the grid,” Mbah said.

“TCN commenced grid recovery immediately after the collapse, from Shiroro Generating Station to Katampe TS, Abuja through the Shiroro – Katampe line at 11:29 am, and also through Delta Generating Station to Benin Transmission Substation and has reached Osogbo and parts of Lagos.Advertisement

“While the grid restoration and power restoration gradually progress to other parts of the country, the cause of voltage collapse that precipitated this failure is equally being investigated.

“TCN appeals for patience as it works assiduously to ensure full restoration of the grid and consequently power supply to the remaining parts of the country.”

Meanwhile, the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has sent a message of the grid collapse to its customers.

“Dear customer, there is a partial system collapse on the National Grid. Our TCN partners are working to restore supply immediately. Please bear with us,” the message reads.

Similarly, the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC) has also announced that there will be power outage in Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara and Kaduna states as a result of the grid collapse.

Abdulazeez Abdullahi, spokesperson of the KEDC, released a statement to this effect.

“We regret to inform you that the power outage currently being experienced across our franchise- Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states- is as a result of the collapse of the national grid,” he said.

“Power supply shall be restored across our franchise as soon as the grid is restored by the Transmission Company of Nigeria team

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