Massive blackout in Nigeria as national electricity grid records temporary collapse
- The Transmission Company of Nigeria has announced a total collapse of Nigeria's national electricity grid
- According to the report the system collapse was triggered by the tripping of Egbin power plants Units ST4, ST6 and ST5
- The national grid collapsed on Thursday, September 28, after Nigeria had generated 3,515 megawatts of electricity before the incident
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said a total system collapse of the national electricity grid was recorded on Sept. 28 at 8:03 p.m., resulting in temporary loss of electricity generation for the nation’s power grid.
A statement from TCN’s management on Friday in Abuja said that reports obtained from power stations and the sequence of events generated by the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) had revealed the cause of the collapse.
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It said the SCADA system report indicated that the system collapse was triggered by the tripping of Egbin power plants Units ST4, ST6 and ST5.
It, however, said that restoration of grid system had also commenced at 8:22 p.m. on Sept. 28.
According to the statement, a post mortem analysis of the issue indicated that grid generation was curtailed to about 4,262.7 Mega Watts (MW) before the disturbance.
It explained that the capacity under-utilisation and the operational capability required to maintain grid stability, which had waned, made the grid system vulnerable.
It said the vulnerability and disturbance of the system resulted in severe system frequency dip that culminated in the system collapse.
It further revealed that the analysis conducted clearly showed that there was insufficient level of rotating reserve provided by grid-connected generation companies arising from low tariffs for providing ancillary services.
It said TCN had filed an application to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for an extraordinary tariff review to avert further occurrence of such incident.
It said the proposal for a tariff review would ensure that Generation Companies (GENCOS) were given the necessary incentives to provide sufficient spinning reserves and other ancillary services critical for managing the national grid.
“TCN hereby solicits for the understanding of all Nigerians as it continues with efforts to provide the electricity industry with a world class national grid.
“It will strive to ensure that the stride attained recently in frequency control is sustained in line with world industry standards and codes,“ the statement further stated.
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Legit.ng previously reported that Nigeria’s power, works and housing minister Babatunde Fashola revealed that the country’s power generation rose to 7001 megawatts in September.
This, he said, was coupled with transmission of up to 6,700 megawatts and distribution rising to 4,600 megawatts.
Channels television reports that Fashola made the revelations while speaking at the executive session of the meeting of the National Council on Power.