National blackout Outage As Electricity Grid Crashes To Zero

national blackout outage as electricity grid crashes to zero
national blackout outage as electricity grid crashes to zero

Nigeria faced a statewide blackout when the national energy grid plummeted to zero, with power bulbs flickering before going out in several Abuja workplaces.

Nigeria will experience a system failure for the fourth time this year, the latest occasion being on April 8, 2022.

According to a senior representative of a Generation Company (GenCo), the statewide blackout began approximately 6 p.m., when the output of many power plants began to decrease.

“A grid failure occurred this evening at 18:49,” the official stated.

13 GenCos generated 1,353.80 megawatts (MW) of electricity on the national grid at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 12, 2022, just before the system imploded.

There are up to 24 operational Gencos on the grid system, but even among the 13 GenCos on Sunday evening, only Delta (Ughelli) GenCo produced up to 371MW; Rivers IPP had 156MW, Omotosho did 130MW, and Olorunsogo did 128MW, while the remaining nine GenCos did not generate more than 100MW.

Unfortunately, the baseload GenCos, which are the three hydropower facilities that ensure stable electricity, were impacted.

While Kainji had 51MW, Jebba had 88MW, and Shiroro was out, the national grid fell 45 minutes later.

The Nigeria System Operations, a division of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) and grid manager, has reported a decrease in electricity generation.

Saturday’s peak generation of 3,685MW was also the largest amount of energy produced in Nigeria in the previous week (since Sunday 5th June).

At the time this report was filed, TCN had not yet issued an official report on the remote and immediate causes of the grid failure. However, an official told this publication that the power restoration process had accelerated, with Abuja and a few states receiving power first.

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