National grid collapses for the fifth time in 2022.Adunni Adetola
The national grid collapsed on Sunday June 12, leading to a nationwide blackout.
The grid collapsed around 6.49pm, making it the fifth collapse of Nigeria’s electricity grid in 2022. Punch reported that this led to the shutdown of the outgoing electricity feeders of some power distribution companies
The collapse was confirmed by Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc and Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company in separate messages.
Prior to the incident, the quantum of power on the grid as at 6am on Sunday was 3,628.6 megawatts, but it was gathered that this crashed significantly in the evening leading to the eventual grid collapse.
Nigeria’s power grid had collapsed twice in March and twice again in April this year, as the power generation on the system had continued to fluctuate due to various concerns such as gas constraint, water management challenges, gas pipeline vandalism, among others.
Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company said in its statement;
“Power Outage In Our Franchise Due To Grid Collapse.
“Dear esteemed customers, we regret to inform you that the power outage being experienced in our franchise states is due to system collapse of the national grid.
“The collapse occured at about 18:47pm this evening hence the loss of supply on all our outgoing feeders. Power supply shall be restored as soon as the national grid is powered back. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience.”
Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc also disclosed that the grid collapse threw five states under the Disco’s franchise area in total blackout.
Head, Corporate Communications, EEDC, Emeka Ezeh said;
“The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc wishes to inform her esteemed customers of a system collapse which occurred at 6.49pm this evening, Sunday, June 12, 2022.
“As a result of this development, all our outgoing feeders are out and this has affected supply to our customers in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states.
“We are on standby, awaiting further information on restoration of supply from the National Control Centre. Thank you.”
President of Nigeria Consumer Protection Network, Kunle Olubiyo while reacting to the recent grid collapse, said though the situation was worrisome, blackouts were no longer new to some power users.
“To some of the electricity consumers, there are already used to perpetual darkness. Grid collapse to them is a permanent feature.
“That means that their own grid collapse is indefinite. And when they get a flash at all of 20 minutes or an hour or two, all you will hear will be “up NEPA !”.