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Blackout: Hope Rises For Improved Power Supply

Blackout: Hope Rises For Improved Power Supply


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Following the fresh blackout that has enveloped Nigerians following the recent collapse of the National Grid, there seems to be renewed hope for many Nigerians who have been groaning in darkness.

Mr Sanusi Garba, Chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), has disclosed that from July 1, 2022, Nigerians will witness improved power supply following renewed efforts by industry stakeholders.

Garba gave the assurance at an interactive session with newsmen after the Second Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) meeting on Wednesday in Lagos.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was attended by top officials of NERC, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Generation Companies as well electricity Distribution Companies.

He said NERC had facilitated a contractual agreement between the Gencos, TCN and the 11 DisCos that would guarantee the generation, transmission and distribution of an average of 5,000MW of electricity daily to customers effective July 1.

According to him, the contract is binding on all the players across the sector’s value chain and stipulates penalties for any party that defaults on the arrangement under the new regime.

Garba said: “Yes, we have had discussions with the gas suppliers within our regulatory space. We have them on board to ensure that once we made the commercial requirements, gas was going to flow.

“Now, for transmission, we have heard of figures well in excess of 5,000MW and clearly TCN will be able to deliver that.

“I recall clearly that in March last year we had 5,400MW. So, it means it is quite possible based on signed commitments.”

He said all the stakeholders across the value chain had obligations and there would be consequences if they failed to deliver.

“So, in a situation where Gencos are able to deliver 5,000MW but TCN is unable to do so, they’ll pay the penalty to the generation company and so on.

“And whenever the power is available and DisCos do not take the power; then they will pay liquidated damages that will compensate other market participants.

“We might not have 24/7 power supply from July 1 but Nigerians will see the trajectory because the target is to have an average of 5,000MW daily for transmission and distribution,” said Garba.

He also blamed the recent collapse of the national grid on inadequate gas supply, maintenance of some thermal stations as well as vandalism of power infrastructure and gas pipelines.

“The challenges of today are very clear. In the past, it used to have a weak infrastructure and so on and so forth. Now we have certain external factors contributing to these events.

“Obviously, it’s not common around the world to see people coming down, pulling down transmission towers for no reason; or blowing up crude oil lines.

“In a number of instances, most of the gas we have today is associated gas and because of that when crude lines are disrupted it also affects the supply of gas to the thermal stations,” he said.

Garba commended the Federal Government and the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for the interventions in the power sector, adding that the country would soon start feeling the impact of the investments positively.

It would be recalled that Nigerians have been experiencing poor power supply in recent times following the frequent collapse of the national grid.

Earlier this week, the national electricity grid collapsed again with a handful of power DISCOS apologising to the customers in their various franchise areas.

DISCOS across the country, including the Eko, Kaduna and Abuja companies in messages sent to consumers, said they had not been able to receive bulk electricity from the national suppliers.

The latest incident was about the fourth publicly announced collapse in recent times and occurred at about 6.49 pm on Sunday, again throwing the nation into total darkness.

The Abuja Disco which oversees Abuja, Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states, however, appealed to its customers for understanding as it was working with stakeholders to fix the problem.

“Please be informed that the current power outage is due to a system failure from the national grid. The system collapsed at about 6.49 pm on 12th June 2022, causing the outage currently being experienced.

“We appeal for your understanding as all stakeholders are working hard to restore normal supply,” it stated.

On its part, Kaduna Disco also attributed the blackout to lack of supply, assuring its customers that power would be restored as soon as possible.

“We regret to inform you that the power outage being experienced in our franchise states is due to system collapse of the national grid.

“The collapse occurred at about 18:47 pm this evening hence the loss of supply on all our outgoing feeders. The power supply shall be restored as soon as the national grid is powered back,” it said.

Also, Eko Disco stated that it regretted the inconvenience to its customers, asking them to bear with the company as the issues were being sorted out.

“Dear Esteemed Customers, we regret to inform you of the ongoing system collapse on the National grid. This has affected our entire network and impacted our ability to deliver optimum service.

“Please bear with us as we are working with our Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) partners on a swift resolution,” it stated.

Power supply in the country has always been erratic in Nigeria, although it has gone worse in recent times, with hope waning as to whether the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration will be able to make any marked difference in the remaining months.

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