FG reveals power plunged to 10MW during recent grid collapse

FG reveals power plunged to 10MW during recent grid collapse

Despite intense attempts to stabilise the power system, Nigeria’s energy grid collapsed twice last week – on Friday and Saturday last week, according to a Federal Government (FG) report obtained in Abuja on Monday, April 11.

According to data obtained from the Federal Ministry of Power, the amount of electricity on the grid fell from over 3,000 megawatts on Friday, April 8, 2022, to as low as 10MW around 21.00 hours on the same day.

On Saturday, April 9, 2022, the nation’s electricity system collapsed to 33MW at about 01.00 hours. This was after reaching a high generation of 3,281.50MW at 00.00 hours the same day.

However, according to the data, power generation on the grid increased on Sunday, April 10, 2022. This was with the off-peak generation at 3,117.40MW and the peak generation at 3,658.80MW.

It was also noted that at 06.00 hours on Monday, April 11, 2022, the quantum of power on the national grid was 3,623.90MW. This is a minor decrease of 34.9MW from the previous day’s peak generation.

Efforts by the FG to halt the repeated issue failed to stop the collapse of Nigeria’s energy grid.

The national grid went down twice in two days last month. This prompted the FG to convene a meeting of stakeholders to resolve the problem.

Despite a two-day meeting convened at the request of the power minister in Abuja last month; the system crashed again in less than two days last week.

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Ahmed Zakari, the President’s Special Adviser on Infrastructure, blamed the recent collapse on sabotage of electricity infrastructure, calling the conduct “impossible to comprehend.”

The recent system meltdown was confirmed by power distribution firms, who indicated that it was what caused the massive blackout in Nigeria over the weekend.

The fall, according to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, caused a power outage in its service region; which encompassed around five states.

The grid breakdown also impacted Eko Electricity Distribution Company’s whole network, according to the company.

Reacting to this via his recent tweets, Zakari had said, “Yesterday we had a grid collapse, the driver was sabotage of Ikot-Ekpene Calabar 330kv tower. The grid is connected, an event at a large power source can collapse the system. Sabotage of our infrastructure by citizens is difficult to comprehend.

“It is important to improve security but the infrastructure is vast, spans thousands of kilometers, and has multiple risk points. When citizens sabotage infrastructure, it leads you to question if we want to progress as a nation. Hardship inflicted on fellow citizens is unconscionable.

“We will work to innovate infrastructure security protocol but securing our infrastructure must be everyone’s work. If you see someone damaging infrastructure please take action to report to authorities or intervene if possible. This is our ‘common wealth’ and we must protect it.”

 

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