Nationwide blackout is looming after the national grid system, operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) from Osogbo in Osun State collapsed in the wee hours of Thursday
According to report, the grid plummeted to a meagre 273 megawatts of electricity coming from two out of the over 27 electricity generation.
This comes barely a week after TCN, rolled out the drum to celebrate a questionable 400 days of grid stability.
Electricity distribution companies (DisCos), in different notices to customers, said the national grid collapsed at about 12.40 am on Thursday.
Ndidi Mbah, spokesperson for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), also confirmed the development.
“It is a system collapse, but we are trying to restore it,” she said.
As of 4:00 a.m. on Thursday, five generating plants were on the grid. Afam VI had 0.70MW, Dadinkowa was generating 0.00MW, Ibom Power had 32.90MW, Jebba had 240MW and Olorunsogo was on the grid with zero generation.
At about 1AM midnight, the total power on the grid was 35MW, indicating that the country experienced a total collapse.
The grid went to 193MW at about 3AM before climbing to 273MW when this report was filed.
This is the first time the electricity national grid will be collapsing in more than one year.