The national power grid has collapsed for the second time in less than a month, worsening the blackout being experienced by households and businesses in some parts of Nigeria.
The collapse, which occurred around 1 pm on Monday, was confirmed by two of the electricity distribution companies in the country.
The grid had on July 28, 2021, suffered a total collapse, which the Transmission Company of Nigeria attributed to the loss of 611 megawatts at two power stations.
Eko Electricity Distribution Company, in a message to its customers on its Facebook page, said, “We regret to inform you of a system collapse on the national grid that’s causing outages across our network.
“We are working with our TCN partners to restore supply as soon as possible. Please bear with us.
Kaduna Electric, said, “We sincerely apologise for the power outage in our franchise states which is due to a system collapse from the national grid. The supply shall be restored as soon as the grid is back up.
“We regret any inconvenience this may cause all our customers.”
Prior to the system collapse, total electricity generation in the country stood at 3,555.6MW as of 6 am on Monday, down from 3,789.2MW on Sunday, according to the Nigerian Electricity System Operator.
The grid, which is being managed by the government-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria, has continued to suffer system collapse over the years amid a lack of spinning reserve that is meant to forestall such occurrences.
Spinning reserve is the generation capacity that is online but unloaded and that can respond within 10 minutes to compensate for generation or transmission outages.
Our correspondent gathered that the five power stations meant to provide spinning reserves had not been doing this for years.
According to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, a total system collapse means total blackout nationwide, while partial system collapse is a failure of a section of the grid.
NERC had in its report for the third quarter of 2017 highlighted the need for adequate proactive measures (adequate spinning reserves) to prevent the system from being destabilized.
It said at the time that it was determined to provide all regulatory intervention necessary to ensure that the Transmission Company of Nigeria procured sufficient spinning reserves.
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Sun Africa LLC, a global entity dedicated to supporting Africa’s energy needs, has announced a commitment of approximately $2.2 billion for the development of Nigeria’s power sector.
The pledge follows a meeting between the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, and representatives from Sun Africa, led by Chairman Goran Rajsic.
In the initial phase, the project will concentrate on delivering 961 MWp of solar PV infrastructure and 455 MWh of battery energy storage, marking a transformative venture valued at $2.2 billion.
This strategic collaboration aims to address Nigeria’s growing demand for new power infrastructure, aligning with the nation’s economic needs and transitioning toward sustainability.
Adelabu emphasized Nigeria’s significant requirement for new power infrastructure to support economic growth and sustainability.
The commitment from Sun Africa and its partners signifies a crucial step toward achieving Nigeria’s electricity goals.
Goran Rajsic expressed gratitude to the project partners, highlighting the support in designing a comprehensive solution featuring cutting-edge solar PV and battery storage technologies.
Sun Africa’s collaboration with Sterling & Wilson Renewable Energy Limited as its EPC partner represents a milestone in advancing sustainable and reliable energy solutions for Nigeria.
This initiative aligns with the nation’s commitment to driving positive change through innovative renewable energy solutions.
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Chiedu Ugbo, the Managing Director and CEO of NDPHC, shared this information during a media briefing in Lagos.
Ugbo highlighted that the N190 billion debt has accumulated from 2015 to May 2023. While the exact amount owed by NBET wasn’t specified, Ugbo emphasized that the huge indebtedness to NDPHC runs into hundreds of billions, affecting the company’s operations and financial obligations.
He stated, “NDPHC is also not paid for availability but only as dispatched, thereby depriving NDPHC of hundreds of billions since 2015 when the Transitional Electricity Market was declared, and the government has so far been denied revenue as high as N3trn.”
Ugbo emphasized the challenging situation the debt has created, making it difficult for NDPHC to meet operational expenditures, pay gas suppliers, and maintain regular power generation.
To overcome these challenges, he called for urgent private capital mobilization and explored independent transmission projects, involving Gencos as investors.
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