Power Grid Records Two Collapses In Five Days

By Ikenga Chronicles April 17, 2018

Power Grid Records Two Collapses In Five Days

Stability of the country’s power grid could not be ensured for more than two months as it reportedly collapsed twice in the past five days–on April 12 and April 14.

This was made known in the electricity generation figures obtained from the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in Abuja on Monday.

Generated power on the grid dropped from a high of 3,946.5 megawatts on April 11, to as low as 351.3 MW on April 12, the lowest in two months.

Within that period, power generation again, moved up marginally from the 351.3 MW recorded on April 11, to 596 MW on April 14.

However, electricity on the grid later climbed to 3,500 MW on April 15, according to generation figures obtained from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator, an arm of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, on Monday.

It was also observed that before the recent partial collapses, Nigeria’s power generation had hovered above 3,900 MW for more than two months.

On February 5, 2018, PUNCH had exclusively reported the collapse of the national electricity grid from a high of 4,699.9 MW on January 31, to 219 MW on February 1.

The report also revealed that prior to the February 1 grid collapse, the country’s power generation system had earlier collapsed six times in the first eight days of 2018.

The Chief Executive Officer, TCN, Usman Mohammed, had at the time explained that there was a need for adequate investment in order to stabilise the grid.

“There are certain things that need to be put in place for us to have grid stability and one of them is that we need to put in adequate investments,” Mohammed had said.