The National Electricity Grid fell offline on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after a technical failure resulted in a major power outage. Tuesday’s latest system failure happened between 5 and 6 p.m.
Grid collapses generation fell from 3,000 megawatts (MW) to 1,758MW, with just 12 Generation Companies (Gencos) still operational.
As of press time, there had been no reports of any GenCo generating electricity on the grid, according to hourly data provided by the Transmission Company of Nigeria’s System Operations (SO) division (TCN).
Additionally, one industry insider confirmed the record, noting that Tuesday’s system breakdown was many, particularly from gas-fired power plants, while attempts were made to send electricity to Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, via the three hydropower facilities.
Kainji, Jebba, and Shiroro are three hydroelectric dams located in Niger, a state in north central Nigeria.
According to analysis of the 12 power plants that were operational before to the grid system collapsing, they were operational as of 5 p.m. and generated 1,758MW before the Nigerian electricity system went dark.
As of 4 p.m., the grid had up to 18 plants functioning and generating 3,114MW until six plants shut down, adding to the system’s instability.
Engr. Abubakar D. Aliyu, the Minister of Power, convened an emergency meeting that lasted till Monday night, during which he urged the operators with collaborating to improve electrical stability.
“This meeting was convened to discuss the country’s present electrical crisis, which we are not happy with,” Aiyu stated. We must find a way to ensure that Nigerians have access to power. I urge us to have the patience to communicate with one another rather than blame one another.”
The GenCos complained on Sunday about low revenue from gas procurement as well as technical concerns with the majority of their gas-fired facilities, which are claimed to be undergoing repair.