National power grid collapses again

Distribution companies on Friday announced the collapse of the national power grid again, a day after electricity workers across the country suspended their industrial action.


On Thursday, members of the National Union of Electricity Employees suspended their one-day strike after their action disrupted the country’s grid for several hours.


Jos Electricity Distribution Plc tweeted on Friday that “we regret to inform you that after brief restoration, the system has collapsed once again. However, we are optimistic, supply will be restored soon. We apologise for the inconveniences you are experiencing. Thank you for your continued patience.”


Eko Electricity Distribution Company, on its Twitter handle on Friday said, “Dear customers, at exactly 1309hrs (1.09pm) we experienced another system collapse, affecting parts of the country.


“The TCN team is working to restore supply. Please bear with us as we expect supply soon.”


The grid collapsed again on Friday afternoon after the Transmission Company of Nigeria commenced the restoration of the grid following the strike suspension the previous day.


Power generation figures obtained from the TCN on Friday showed that the instability of the grid in the past two days led to a situation where no electricity was stated as generated for December 10, 11, 12 and 13, according to The Punch.


The most recent power generation figures from the transmission company were that of December 9, 2019, when the grid recorded 4,292.7 megawatts as peak generation and 3,507MW as lowest quantum of power for same day.