Blackout looms as Nigeria witnesses first national grid collapse in 2020

Nigeria’s national electricity grid has collapsed for the first time in the year 2020 thereby plunges the country into darkness.

According to a tweet by Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), the present outage is affecting all TCN system on the grid.

“Dear Customer, present outage affecting all is a TCN System Disturbance on the grid. Power to be restored as soon as available. Dear Customer, the outage which occurred at 1237hrs is due to a TCN system collapse affecting Lekki, Ibeju & environs. The team is working to restore power. Please, bear with us,” it stated.

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The system was said to have collapsed around 12:37 on Thursday resulting in a power outage in some parts of the country.

The grid collapsed more than 10 times in 2019, causing power failure across the country.

In a telephone with the Managing Director of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mr Usman Gur Mohammed, he stated that it wasn’t a nationwide collapse but partial collapse with power supply in some part of the country.

According to him, “it is not a nationwide collapse but a partial collapse. We are supplying electricity to Port Harcourt and its environs. And we are working on restoring electricity supply to the affected regions.”

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