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ELECTRICITY

Nigeria Restores Power Within Hours of Nationwide Grid Collapse

Nigeria’s power grid was swiftly restored just hours after a widespread collapse that affected all 36 states of the country.

The latest power outage occurred approximately 421 days ago on July 20, 2022, according to records from SolaceBase.The disruption, which lasted around 10 hours, was caused by a fire outbreak on the Kanji/Jebba 330kV line 2.

Adebayo Adebulu, Nigeria’s Minister of Power, took to Twitter to explain that the incident at the country’s power plants had led to “sharp drops in frequency,” resulting in the grid failure.

Adebulu stated on Thursday afternoon, “The fire has been fully contained, and more than half of the connections are now restored. The remaining connections will be fully operational shortly.”

Nigeria, being a major oil and gas producer, has grappled with inconsistent power supply, prompting households and businesses to rely on diesel and petrol generators. In recent months, an increasing number of people have switched to LNG and CNG-powered generators, as reported by EnergyAfrique.

According to Al Jazeera, petrol and diesel prices have more than doubled this year following the government’s decision to end decades-long subsidies. This has left many households and businesses struggling to find reliable alternative sources of power.

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