Double Wahala: National Blackout Worsens, Fuel Queues Lengthen

The total system collapse experienced two days ago may linger more than expected. The country experienced its first total system collapse on Tuesday, the second day into the New Year 2018, at exactly 21.17 hours (09.00PM).

Recall that was first to break this news, 20 minutes after the incident, relying on reliable sources on ground. Contrary to information posted by Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, the national power outage was primarily caused by the activities of vandals who destroyed the Escravos-Lagos gas pipeline feeding the South-West and North Central regions of the country as reliably gathered by our correspondents from sources at the Nigerian Gas Company and the National Control Center, Osogbo.

Consequently, gas supply was completely cut off to Egbin, Olorunsogo I & II, Omotosho I& II, Geregu I & II, and Kaduna, shooting down available generation by 1700MW. The gas pipeline vandalization also restricted the available gas feed to other thermal stations in the South-South and South-East regions as revealed by NGC.

Relevant authorities in the oil and gas sector have swung into action for the necessary repairs, and restore normal supply to the power stations. According to NGC, contractors have been mobilized to site to effect repairs on the damaged pipeline.

Meanwhile, massive load-shedding is being embarked upon across the nation as available generation in the grid has drastically reduced. As at writing this report, only Transcorp Power, Ughelli, and the three hydro plants of Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro are generating substantially. Most parts of the country remains in blackout even in the midst of lingering petrol scarcity.


Posted by Leye Akinmodiro