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National Electricity Grid Crashes From 3703MW To 9MW – FG

National Electricity Grid Crashes From 3703MW To 9MW – FG

National Electricity Grid Crashes From 3703MW To 9MW – FG

The national electrical system actually fell from a peak of 3,703 megawatts to as low as 9MW on Sunday, according to figures received on Monday from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator, an arm of the Federal Government’s power transmission firm.

The national grid collapsed about 6.49 p.m. on Sunday, causing widespread blackouts in Nigeria. Engineers from the Transmission Company of Nigeria worked to secure the grid’s recovery.

The PUNCH had reported on Monday that Sunday’s grid collapse was the fifth in 2022, a development that made many power distribution companies to shut down their various outgoing electricity feeders.

Data sourced from the NESO on Monday in Abuja, which showed the performance of the national grid on Sunday, indicated that the peak generation on Sunday of 3,703MW was recorded at 5am.

National Electricity Grid Crashes From 3703MW To 9MW – FG

But this crashed to 9MW at 7pm on Sunday, according to the NESO, leading to the eventual collapse of the national grid.

On Sunday night, a number of distribution companies, including Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, and Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, among others, acknowledged the grid meltdown in separate messages.

Although there has been no official word from TCN regarding the grid collapse, it is believed that it was restored to an advanced stage on Monday, with power generation reaching 2,744.6MW at 6 a.m.

Nigeria’s electricity grid had crashed twice this year, first in March and once in April. Due to multiple concerns such as gas shortages, water management challenges, and gas pipeline vandalism, among others, power generation on the system has continued to fluctuate.

National Electricity Grid Crashes From 3703MW To 9MW – FG

Following the instability in Nigeria’s power supply, experts and consumer groups in the sector urged politicians to desist from generating political megawatts as they woo voters ahead of the 2023 general elections.

“Stop generating political megawatts. Stop generating electric power on the pages of newspapers and social media,” an industry expert, who doubles as President, Nigeria Consumer Protection Network, Kunle Olubiyo, stated.

He added, “‘I will increase power generation from 5,000MW to 30,000MW’. How do you intend to do that? Please let us know. Nigeria presently has grid sourced power generation capacity of 7,500MW, but only an average of 3,600MW gets to the end-users.

 “We also have 14,500MW installed generation capacity that our national energy quantum could be ramped up. There is available power on the grid that is usually rejected by the 11 electricity distribution companies and TCN.”

“Yet the nation have been permanently configured into a vicious circle of distribution of darkness and perpetual energy crises due to gas constraints, market settlement crises, tariff and market shortfall, near-zero regulatory ecosystem, grid infrastructural limitations, technical deficits and broadly speaking – grid constraints.”

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Olubiyi said why was it that since December 2021, the power supply situation in Nigeria had gone beyond comprehension and most embarrassingly unpleasant.

National Electricity Grid Crashes From 3703MW To 9MW – FG

The consumer group president urged the presidential candidates of the frontline political parties to speak straight to the fundamental issues “and tell Nigerians how they will address the root causes of energy crises in Nigeria.”

“And not by making bogus promises and claims as per the electricity sector. We need to be informed in specific terms how they intend to address the challenges bedeviling the power sector.”

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 The spokesperson for the Electricity Consumers Association of Nigeria, Chijioke James, told The PUNCH that electricity consumers across the country were not happy with the low power supply.

“Of course, we are not satisfied. Consumers want to have a steady and reliable power supply. We have not seen a remarkable improvement in electricity supply across the country, and consumers are not satisfied”, he said

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