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Total blackout as national grid collapses again

THE National grid today collapsed again, the fifth time this year.

According to the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, the grid collapse occurred at about 11:27 am.

“Dear Customers, we regret to inform you of a system collapse on the National grid at precisely 11:27 am today, Wednesday, July 20. We are in talks with the Transmission Company of Nigeria to ascertain the cause of the collapse and a possible restoration timeline, the Disco company said via its Twitter handle on Wednesday.

This is coming 38 days after a similar collapse on June 12, and just 20 days after the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) activated a partial contract order for the Nigerian electricity market to guarantee 5,000MW and at least 4,000MW.

The latest system collapse, being the fifth this year, was noticed before noon when the grid went blank.

As of 11am, data from the System Operations section of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) indicated that the grid generation had dropped from over 3,000MW earlier to 2,788.90MW with 19 active generation companies (GenCos).

The highest generation came from Delta Gas with 453MW and Azura with 448MW while Dadin Kowa had dropped to zero point.

So far, TCN, the grid manager was yet to announce the immediate cause of the grid collapse.

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