Power outages increase as Nigeria’s national grid collapses 7th time
A majority of businesses and homes were without power for several hours yesterday after Nigeria’s national grid failed for the seventh time this year. The system had recorded a failure on June 13, 2022, but was intentionally shut down last month by protesting electricity workers.
However, according to National System Operator (NSO) data, the grid that collapsed at 10.51am has begun a gradual recovery. According to NSO data as of 5 p.m. yesterday, eight of the 23 power generation plants had returned to the grid, with a total output of 849MW out of 11,165.4MW capacity.
Earlier in the day, electricity distribution companies, or DisCos, notified their customers of a power outage.
Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC), informed its customers as follows in a notice: “System collapse which occurred at 10:51am today (yesterday), 26th September, 2022. This has resulted in the loss of supply currently being experienced across the network. “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”, Emeka Ezeh, Head of Corporate Communications, stated.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, which manages the grid, was yet to advance reasons for the latest collapse as at the time of filing this report.
Ing. Ifeoluwa Oyedele, Executive Director, Networks, Niger Delta Power Holding Company, stated that acquiring the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition, SCADA, system has become critical for the sector.
“The National Grid is too large geographically. A SCADA system is an absolute must for the efficient operation of the Transmission Network. For the SCADA to function seamlessly it must not be encumbered for any other purpose as this may further complicate the SCADA project,” he explained.
Speaking on the causes of the country’s frequent grid failures, Ing. Israel Abraham, President of the Nigerian Institution of Power Engineers, said insufficient generation and load rejection due to a variety of factors was a major cause. According to him, attacks on power towers are another cause, and bushfires near towers can also cause problems in the system.
Source: Energy Ghana