Nigerian Power Grid Collapse: What is national grid collapse?

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Nigerian Power Grid Collapse: What is national grid collapse?

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The national electricity grid experienced a system failure on February 14, 2022, which resulted in widespread power outages.

Nigerians have been without power for weeks due to a rise in fuel and diesel prices.

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Last week, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) blamed low power generation by generation companies for the country’s poor power supply ().

However, the recent failure of the national grid has raised new concerns about the country’s power sector’s future and, by extension, business survival.

What Is Power Grid?

A power grid is a system of electrical transmission lines that connects multiple generating stations to loads across a large area.

It is designed to operate within certain parameters, such as voltage, current, and frequency, in order to maintain stability. As a result, whenever these limits are outside of the stability range, the grid’s operation becomes unstable, and it may collapse.

It could also refer to a network’s total or partial loss of power, which is usually caused by a significant fault that causes high frequency. Weather conditions are said to have an impact on the distribution network, causing grid instability.

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OVER 200 Nigerian Power Grid Collapse Recorded In A Decade

Nigeria’s national grid is notorious for causing outages. In February, May, July, and August of 2021, it collapsed. Between 2010 and 2019, the grid experienced 206 collapses, according to the report.

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According to the data, there were 146 total national grid collapses and 73 partial grid collapses in Nigeria between the two periods.

How Is Nigerian Power Grid Collapse Rectified?

A total system collapse, according to the Nigerian Electricity System Operator (NESO), means total across the country, whereas a partial system collapse means a failure of a section of the grid.

Both system failures result in poor or erratic power supply, which has a negative impact on business performance and causes economic hardship for citizens.

The grid collapse, according to a TCN source, is not a problem that needs to be fixed, but the system does need to be restarted.

“No one can tell you how much it is going to cost.” It’s a non-starter. There is no cost to fixing because it is a restarting, not a fixing. It’s as if you turned off your generator and then turned it back on. “It’s not like you’ll be doing mechanical work,” the source clarified.

“At the end of the day, there is a cost.” When the checks and balances are completed, it is found to whoever is found guilty at the end of the month.”

 

THREE POWER PLANTS CONTRIBUTED TO LATEST GRID COLLAPSE

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) told Newsmen that three 1,000MW power plants — Afam 6, Niger Delta Holding Company’s Calabar plant, and Agip Okpai power plant — were all down for maintenance at the same time.

Agip Okpai was vandalised, according to Micheal Faloseyi, assistant general manager, public affairs, NERC, and repairs are being ramped up by Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, who added that the plant, which is currently generating 236 megawatts, will reach its full capacity of 375 megawatts.

The Calabar plant has a gas supply problem, according to Faloseyi, and the gas pipeline needs to be repaired. The Afam six plant needed to be repaired as well.

“When you add these power plants together, you get about 1,000 megawatts out of a total of about 4,000 megawatts.” As a result, these are the circumstances that account for the current power supply situation,” he explained.

“However, as I previously stated, Okpai is returning, and the other two plants will appear in a few days.”

What is  Federal Government Response on Nigerian Power Grid Collapse

Abubakar Aliyu, minister of power, held an emergency meeting with stakeholders in the power sector.

The meeting had in attendance delegation from power generation companies, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading (NBET), (NDPHC), Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC), Shell, and other stakeholders in the power value chain.

“This meeting was called to address the country’s current electricity situation, which we are not happy with,” the minister explained.

“We must find a way to provide electricity to Nigerians.” I’d like for us to have the patience to talk to one another instead of blaming one another.”

So far, no statement has been made about the meeting’s outcome.

That is all for now on Nigerian Power Grid Collapse: What is national grid collapse?

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