Nationwide blackout as power grid collapses twice in one day

Adeola Yusuf

Nationwide blackout yesterday rocked Nigeria as National Electricity Transmission System known as national grid suffered two collapses in one day, the first two set of collapses in the year 2020.

The collapses, which happened exactly 33 days after the last one, are the 14th and 15th system failures in the last 13 months.

The system, checks by this newspaper showed, collapsed first at 12:34p.m. on Thursday resulting in power outage in Abuja, Lagos and other major cities of the country.

The system, New Telegraph learnt, was restored at 1:10p.m. before the second collapse, which threw the entire Lagos and all parts of the country in blackout, occurred at 2:15p.m.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), owner of the grid, confirmed the development in a statement obtained by New Telegraph from its Twitter page.

“There was a system disturbance which occurred about 12.34p.m affecting some parts of the country.

“As of 1:10p.m., supply was restored to Abuja and most parts of the affected areas. TCN is still working to completely restore and stabilise the nation’s grid,” it said.

The first collapse was also confirmed in a tweet by Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC).

“Dear Customer, present outage affecting all is a TCN System Disturbance on the grid. Power to be restored as soon as available.

“Dear Customer, the outage which occurred at 1237hrs is due to a TCN system collapse affecting Lekki, Ibeju & environs. The team is working to restore power. Please, bear with us,” the company said.

Ikeja Electric, which also confirmed the second grid collapse, maintained on its Twitter account that the failure threw the entire Lagos into darkness.

Another collapse of the grid, the utility firm said, occurred at 2.15p.m. after the previous incident.

“Dear customers, the outage you are experiencing is due to a system collapse of the grid which occurred this afternoon at 12:36p.m. All parts of IE’s network are affected.

“Another system collapse was recorded at 2:15p.m. today. Restoration efforts are ongoing. Kindly bear with us,” the electricity distribution company said.

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