By Babajide Okeowo
The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN has disclosed that it will carry out an investigation into the power grid collapse that has pitched the whole country into darkness. This is even as the company revealed that it has commenced power restoration to most parts of the country except for a few cities.
Ndidi Mbah, General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN made this known in a statement issued a few hours ago.
“The Transmission Company of Nigeria regrets to inform electricity consumers nationwide that as at 11.25 today, the nation’s electricity grid experienced multiple tripping which led to the collapse of the system.
TCN has since commenced grid restoration, power has been restored to every part of the country except Calabar, Ugwuaji, Jos, Gombe, Yola, and Maiduguri axis. Efforts are however ongoing to ensure full restoration nationwide.
We regret the inconvenience this has caused electricity consumers. Investigations would be conducted to establish the immediate and remote causes of the multiple tripping as soon as the grid is fully restored, considering that the grid has been relatively stable in the last couple of months” the statement reads.
Recall that Nigeria’s power grid collapsed early on Sunday with total blackout experienced in several parts of the nation.
Some of the DISCOS including Kaduna Electric and Eko Electricity Distribution Company announced the national grid collapse to their customers.
Kaduna Electric, in a message to its customers via its Twitter handle, said: “We regret to inform you that the loss of power supply in our franchise – Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states – is as a result of the collapse of the national grid. The collapse occurred at about 11:26 am this morning.
Power supply shall be restored as soon as the grid is back up. We regret all inconveniences,” the Disco added.
EKEDC, in a text message sent to its customers, said: “Dear customer, there is a system collapse on the national grid. Supply will be restored as soon as the issue is resolved. Apologies for the inconvenience.”
The grid, which is being managed by the government-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), has continued to suffer system collapse over the years amid a lack of spinning reserve that is meant to forestall such occurrences.
Ikeja Electricity, IE in a message also informed its customers that power restoration is currently ongoing.
“The outage you are currently experiencing is due to system collapse. However, we are delighted to inform you that supply has been restored to Maryland and Ilupeju Transmission Stations at 14:55hrs Gradual restoration to other areas is ongoing” the DISCO tweeted