May 21, 2024
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Nigeria’s National Grid Collapsed for the Sixth Time in 2024

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has successfully restored the national power grid after a fire at the Afam power generating station led to a partial grid collapse early Monday morning. According to TCN, the incident, which occurred at 2:41 AM, resulted in a drastic power reduction to 64.70 megawatts across the country.

This marks the sixth grid collapse in 2024, according to Sahara Reporters, with the previous incident happening less than a month ago on March 28. TCN’s General Manager Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, detailed that the fire started at the Afam V 330kV bus bar coupler, causing a significant drop in power generation. The units at Afam III and Afam VI were particularly affected, losing 25MW and 305MW respectively.

Mbah also noted that the Ibom Power plant was isolated during the incident, which helped to supply electricity to parts of the Port Harcourt Region, thereby mitigating the impact of the grid disturbance. TCN has confirmed that the affected sections of the grid have been fully restored and stabilized.

The company has reiterated its commitment to improving the resilience and reliability of the national grid and continues to invest in infrastructure enhancements to prevent future occurrences.

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