Power grid col­lapses twice in five days

The Punch - - FRONT PAGE - Okechukwu Nn­odim, Abuja

AF­TER en­sur­ing sys­tem sta­bil­ity for more than two months, the coun­try’s power grid col­lapsed twice in the past five days.

Elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion fig­ures ob­tained from the Fed­eral Min­istry of Power, Works and hous­ing in Abuja on Mon­day showed that the grid recorded par­tial col­lapses on April 12 and 14 this year.

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

Fur­ther find­ings showed that power gen­er­a­tion re­mained in a par­tially col­lapsed state, as it only moved up marginally from the 351.3MW recorded on April 11, to 596MW on April 14.

Elec­tric­ity on the grid even­tu­ally rose to 3,500MW 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 3,900MW for more than two months.

Data ob­tained by our cor­re­spon­dent showed that the last sys­tem col­lapse be­fore that of April 11 was recorded on the first day Fe­bru­ary this year.

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

The Min­is­ter of Power, Works and hous­ing, Ba­batunde Fashola, re­cently stated that in­vest­ment ap­petite for Nige­ria’s power sec­tor was high, dis­miss­ing claims that in­vestors were leav­ing the in­dus­try.

“If there is one sec­tor in the Nige­rian econ­omy that in­vest­ment ap­petite is high, it is the power sec­tor and the po­ten­tial that it brings on,” Fashola told lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional guests at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of a 60MVAR power ca­pac­ity bank at the TCN trans­mis­sion sub­sta­tion in Abuja.

• L-R: Di­rec­tor, Strate­gic De­vel­op­ment & Busi­ness Ex­cel­lence, Agri Pro­cess­ing, Ton­gaat Hulett, South Africa, Dave Mead­ows; Group Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, BUA Group, Kabiru Rabiu; and Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, ILLOVO Sugar, Gavin Dal­gleish, dur­ing the ple­nary ses­sion of the 8th Africa Sugar Con­fer­ence 2018 in Nairobi... on Mon­day. Photo: BUA Group

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