The Nigeria’s electricity grid has been reported to have collapsed again for the sixth time in nearly seven months this year.
It crashed from the 3,921.8 megawatts that was generated at 6am to as low as 50MW around 12.23pm, causing widespread blackout across the country.
According to reports the Federal Ministry of Power in Abuja showed that power generation on the grid had hit a peak of 4,091.6MW on Tuesday.
But this dropped to 3,921.8MW on Wednesday morning, before crashing to about 50MW, a development that led to the eventual collapse of the national electricity grid.
This was stated in a message to customers, major electricity distribution companies (DisCos) said the national grid collapsed on Wednesday at about 11am.
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On the 13th of June the national grid suffered similar system problem.
“Dear Customers, we regret to inform you of a system collapse on the National grid at precisely 11:27 am today, Wednesday, July 20th. We are in talks with the Transmission Company of Nigeria to ascertain the cause of the collapse and a possible restoration timeline,” EEDC’s message reads.
Dear Customers, we regret to inform you of a system collapse on the National grid at precisely 11:27am today, Wednesday July 20th. We are in talks with the Transmission Company of Nigeria to ascertain the cause of the collapse and a possible restoration timeline.— Eko Electricity Distribution Company (@EKEDP) July 20, 2022
Kaduna Electric Distribution Company Plc, also shared a similar message with customers, assuring customers of “normal power supply as soon as possible”.
Power Failure Due To Grid Collapse. pic.twitter.com/EfCnd52pS2— Kaduna Electric (@Kadunaelectric) July 20, 2022
Experts and operators attributed the collapse to incessant vandalism of power infrastructure as well as the rupturing of gas pipelines that supplied gas to power plants.