National Grid Breakdown, 20 Gencos Fail To Function
By Ebenezer William
Power generation fell to its lowest state ever of zero megawatts at about 12.58 a.m. yesterday, plunging major parts of the country into darkness thereby many businesses.
Confirming the development, Kaduna Disco said that the loss of bulk power supply left Kaduna, Sokoto, Zamfara, and Kebbi states in darkness on Sunday.
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) announced Sunday that the collapse occurred at around 11 a.m.
“The Management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc (AEDC) wishes to inform its valued customers that the power outage being experienced is a result of a system failure from the national grid at 11:21 hours today, 4th February 2024 which has led to a nationwide power outage,” the company said.
“Rest assured that we are working with the relevant stakeholders to restore power as soon as the grid is stabilized. We appeal for your patience,” it said.
This was as data from the power ministry indicated that electricity generation on the grid dropped from 2,407MW around 11.53 am to 31MW by noon on Sunday, before collapsing to 0MW an hour later.
Figures from the TCN showed that all 20 power plants, except Ibom Power with 31 megawatts, were offline by 11:51 am on Sunday.
Power generation figures from TCN at the time showed that electricity on the system moved up to 115.4MW around 3 pm on December 11, 2023, before rising further to 240.9MW at about 4 pm.
Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, had three ago appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the government over challenges bedevilling the country’s power sector.