The entire nation was rendered ‘powerless’ on Wednesday morning around 11:00 am as the national grid suffered another system collapse, thus compounding the already epileptic supply across the country.
The system collapse was confirmed by two of the major distribution companies in separate messages to their customers.
Kaduna Electric took to their Twitter handle to announce the power outage, “We regret to inform you that the power outage currently being experienced across our franchise – Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states – is as a result of the collapse of the national grid.”
In Lagos axis, Ikeja Electric, in a message to its customers, said, “Dear customer, kindly be informed that the current interruption in Power Supply is as a result of a system collapse affecting the nation. The system operators are trying to stabilise the network and restore supply. We expect the Ikeja Electric network to be restored soon”
Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc, in a text message to its customers, said, “Dear customer, there is a partial system collapse on the national grid. Our TCN partners are working to restore supply immediately. Please bear with us.”
The grid, which is being managed by government-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria, has continued to suffer system collapse over the years amid a lack of spinning reserve that is meant to forestall such occurrences.
Spinning reserve is the generation capacity that is online but unloaded and that can respond within 10 minutes to compensate for generation or transmission outages.