The national electricity grid has crashed for the second time in less than a month, exacerbating the blackout that is affecting Nigerian households and businesses.
Two of the country’s electricity distribution companies confirmed the collapse, which occurred around 1:00 p.m. on Monday.
On July 28, 2021, the system completely collapsed, owing to the loss of 611 megawatts at two power plants, according to the Nigerian Transmission Company.
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. Supply shall be restored as soon as the grid is back up.
“We regret any inconvenience this may cause all our customers.”
The grid, which is maintained by the government-owned TCN, has continued to experience system failure throughout the years due to a lack of spinning reserve, which is supposed to prevent such events.
Spinning reserve is online but unloaded generation capacity that can respond within 10 minutes to compensate for generation or transmission failures.
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