Nationwide blackout: National grid collapses again affecting Lagos, 7 other States

According to reports, the grid crashed to zero, following its loss of 1,100 megawatts (MWs) from an earlier 3,700MWs peak generation.

The States affected include Lagos, Enugu, Kaduna, Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo States, among others.

Confirming the development via a text message to their customers, some electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos), such as Eko Electricity Distribution Company and Kaduna Electricity Company (KadunaElectric), said that the system collapse occurred on the national grid at 10:40 am.

KadunaElectric, while confirming the system collapse via an issued statement, assured its customers that power would soon be restored.

In its notice to customers, the Enugu Electricity Distribution Plc, (EEDC), also said that the system collapse affected supply in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo States. The notice was signed by its Head, Corporate Communications, Emeka Ezeh.

In a related development, power generation companies (GenCos) have reacted to the claims of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) that they are performing below capacity. This was stated on Sunday by Executive Secretary, Association of Power Generation Companies, (APGC), Joy Ogaji, at a press briefing in Abuja.

Recall that last week, TCN said the recent blackouts across the country were because of technical problems at power generation plants and poor gas supply.

Ogaji affirmed that the transmission infrastructure put in place by TCN was weak.

“Since 2013 when the power sector was partially privatised till date, weak and inadequate infrastructure (transmission and distribution) have continued to render inconsequential, a significant portion of the generation capacities recovered or added by Gencos through huge investments to increase their respective generation capacities”, Ogaji said.

“While the owners of the Gencos invested and increased generation capacity up to 13,000 MWs across the country, no corresponding investment and improvements were made at the transmission and distribution ends.

“The result was the significant stranded capacity of Gencos, which ironically, Nigerians are in dire need of but cannot get”.

She also said that capacity utilisation in any market was often used as a measure of productive efficiency, adding that decisions about investments in power-generating capacity were dependent on expected returns and costs.

According to the APGC, the claim by TCN that all generating companies were performing below capacity is unacceptable.

She added that GenCos were also being owed billions of naira through the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc.

“We reject any attempt to continue to extend the blame game by suggesting that Gencos are responsible for the current state of things in the power sector.

“Nothing can be farther from the truth than that”, she said.

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