Again, power supply grounds to zero nationwide

Again, power supply grounds to zero nationwide


The national grid power supply was again grounded to zero megawatt (MW) yesterday as concerns on total collapse of the transmission grid worsened. The collapse in power supply, according to findings by New Telegraph, occurred exactly at 7:06a.m. yesterday. The Nigeria Electricity System Operator (NESO), which confirmed the reoccurrence of the zero megawatt, noted on its website yesterday that power transmission to all the distribution companies in Nigeria dipped to zero as at 07:06 hour.

“The Latest Generation Revision 2 for 05/04/2016 was 00: 00: 00 at 07:06,00 hour,” the operator said. New Telegraph, however, observed that the NESO had swiftly restricted access to the daily operational report, where it publishes the daily allocations to electricity distribution companies (DISCOs).

The report on the website, which is being accessed before, now asks for “account detail, username and password.” It would be recalled that the System and Market Operation Departments of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), on Monday, explained why Nigeria’s current electricity generation has remained quite low in recent weeks, blaming the situation on gas shortage to the generation plants in the southern part of the country.

TCN also explained that each time the country’s electricity generation fell below 3,500 megawatts (MW), there would be little power in the dedicated spinning reserve, hence the possibility of transmission system collapse. The national power grid had, last week Thursday, collapsed, grounding power transmission in Africa’s biggest economy to zero megawatt for the first time in 2016.

Data from the country’s System Operator, which showed this, revealed that all the DISCOs received zero megawatt (MW) when the grid collapsed. Officials from the Federal Ministry of Power had attributed the never-ending fall in electricity generation to vandalism of gas pipelines and destruction of vital infrastructure in the industry by miscreants.

The grip collapse and zero megawatt supply first happened on Tuesday, March 29, after the supply crashed to 2, 906 megawatt from 3778.90mw peak it attained last week Monday. A new record generation peak of 5074.7mw and the highest maximum daily energy wheeled nationwide of 109,372mw were earlier attained on Tuesday February 2, 2016. The success was, however, short lived by insufficient gas supply to thermal plants due to attacks on gas installations, especially the Trans-Forcados Pipeline, which is operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC).


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