By Linus Aleke (Abuja) and Cajetan Mmuta (Awka)
The Federal Capital Territory (FCT), and major cities across the federation were thrown into darkness in the early hours of yesterday following the collapse of the national grid.
This is the eighth time in 2022 that the national grid is collapsing and plunging the entire country into outer darkness.
The collapse occurred days after electricity consumers said they had enjoyed improved supply.
Findings by ThisNigeria revealed that the national electricity grid as of 10am yesterday had 3,712MW generated from 21 Generation Companies (GenCos) before it dropped to 0MW one hour after.
Information from the System Operations, a section of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), also disclosed that only Afam IV was on the grid but with zero supply as of 12noon.
The Information further disclosed that on Sunday, 25th, September 2022, the highest generation was 4,100MW while the lowest was 3,652MW with the frequency hovering between 49.04 Hertz (Hz) and 50.34Hz.
Meanwhile, Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EEDC), in the early hours of Monday notified its customers of a system collapse as of 10:51am on 26th September 2022.
Another distribution company, Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc which covers Federal Capital Territory, Niger, Kogi, and the Nasarawa states lamented power disruption due to the collapse of the national grid.
“Please be informed that the current power outage is due to a system failure from the national grid. The system collapsed at about 10:55am today, 26th September 2022, causing the outrage currently being experienced.
“We appeal for your understanding as all stakeholders are working hard to restore normal supply,” Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc said.
Also, Kaduna Electric said its franchise states will experience power outages due to grid collapse.
Kaduna Electric’s franchise covers States of Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara.
Kaduna Electric said, “We regret to inform you that the power outage being experienced in our franchise states is due to the system collapse of the National Grid.
“The collapse occurred at about 11.07am this morning hence the loss of supply on all our outgoing feeders.”
Regrettably, the five states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo in the South-East geo-political zone of the country have been thrown into darkness due to system collapse.
Head, Corporate Communications of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC), Emeka Eze, disclosed this yesterday.
He said the system collapse occurred at about 10:51am, resulting in a loss of supply across the network.
According to him, “Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC) wishes to inform her esteemed customers of a system collapse which occurred at 10:51am today, 26th September 2022. This has resulted in the loss of supply currently being experienced across the network.”
He added, “Due to this development, all our interface TCN stations are out of supply, and we are unable to provide service to our customers in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo states.
“We are on standby awaiting detailed information of the collapse and restoration of supply from the National Control Centre (NCC), Osogbo,” Eze stated.
Similarly, the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, while informing electricity consumers of the ugly development in a statement on Monday,
He said, “This is to inform you that the outage you are currently experiencing is due to the system collapse of the national grid, which occurred earlier today at 10:50hrs. This has affected the Transmission Stations within our network and resulted in the loss of power supply to our customers. Kindly bear with us as we await the restoration of the grid.”
On its part, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), attributed the power outage currently being experienced within its franchise area to system failure from the national grid.
The company’s management, in a statement issued on Monday, said that the system collapsed at about 10.55am on Monday.
”Please be informed that the current power outage is due to system failure from the national grid. The system collapsed at about 10.55 a.m. today (Monday), causing the outage being experienced.
”We appeal for your understanding, as all stakeholders are working hard to restore normal power supply,” the statement said.
However, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), while announcing the restoration of the grid on Monday night said the collapse was a result of a sudden drop in system frequency, which created system instability.
In a statement titled, ‘TCN Restores The National Power Grid After Partial System Disturbance,” and signed by the GM, Public Affairs, Mr Ndidi Mbah reads in full: “The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) wishes to inform the public that the national grid experienced partial system disturbance at about 10.51am today, 26th, September 2022.
“The incident was a result of a sudden drop in system frequency, which created system instability. The restoration of the affected part of the grid commenced immediately at 11.55am with Osogbo/Ihovbor back to the grid followed by Jebba/Osogbo, Kainji/Jebba, Benin/Onisha, Shiroro/Kaduna, Shiroro/Katampe, and Alaoji/Ikot-Ekpene. Others are Lokoja/Gwagwalada, Odukpani/Ikot Ekpene, Benin/Omotosho, Oke-Aro/Ikeja west, Egbin/Oke-Aro and Kaduna/Kano.
“The National Control Centre (NCC) said a full-scale investigation is being conducted to establish and ascertain the cause of the partial disturbance as this unwholesome event has resulted in aggregated generation loss.
“However, grid restoration is almost completed and the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) regrets any inconveniences caused as well as appreciates the kind understanding of customers of electricity within and outside the country.
We are committed to leveraging the concerted interventions instituted so far to enhance power supply reliability so that the issue of system disturbance will soon become outdated.”
Five days ago, electricity workers threatened to shut down the national grid again.
The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) threatened to shut down the national grid if the Federal Government failed to honour their demands.