Nigeria Witnesses First Total Blackout of 2018

Report reaching us confirms that a total collapse of the entire power system has occurred throughout the country. The collapse happened at 2017 hour (08.17 pm) of Tuesday 2nd January 2018. This would be the first system collapse of the year, occurring barely 48 hours into the New Year.

According to inside sources in the power industry, the unfortunate incident was caused by the vandalization of the major Escravos gas pipeline (ELPS-A), heavily disrupting gas supply to major gas turbine power stations including Egbin Power station and Transcorp Power plant. This resulted in drastic reduction in available generation capacity which could no longer meet the load demand as at the time of the incident. Total system collapse would usually follow such scenario because over 70 percent of electricity on the national grid comes from gas.

The report further indicates however that, power was restored to the transmission grid from the Kainji-Jebba-Shiroro hydro generating stations axis as no generation was available from the thermal stations using gas. By 2314 hour, power was restored to Lagos through Ikeja-West Transmission station en route from Osogbo-Lagos 330KV transmission line.

System collapse of the Nigerian power system is a very common occurrence due to the very weak nature of the electricity supply system characterized by very poor generation capacity (barely 5000MW), unreliable policy of spinning reserve and highly volatile gas to power link. Last year, the country experienced a total of 24 system collapses, the duration of each total collapse not less than two hours.

As at the time of compiling this report, it is still unclear how the relevant agencies hope to restore the recent development to normal due to the extent of damage that might have been caused by the vandals.

 

Posted by Leye Akinmodiro