Some part of Nigeria was on Sunday thrown into total darkness at 11: 00 am as the nation’s power grid collapsed again.
News Rain Nigeria reports that Kaduna Electric and Eko Electricity Distribution Company announced the collapse of the power grid on Twitter on Sunday, November 29, 2020.
In a message to its customers on the social media platform, Kaduna Electric said the collapse occurred at about 11:26 in the morning.
Nigerians In Darkness As Power Grid Collapses Again
The power distribution company said, “We regret to inform you that the loss of power supply in our franchise — Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states — is as a result of the collapse of the national grid. The collapse occurred at about 11:26 am this morning.
“Supply shall be restored as soon as the grid is back up. We regret all inconveniences.”
In a text message sent to its customers, Eko Electricity Distribution Company said, “Dear customer, there is a system collapse on the national grid. Supply will be restored as soon as the issue is resolved. Apologies for the inconvenience.”
Recall that over the years, the national grid has continued to suffer system collapse. In 2019, the grid collapsed 11 times.
Note that Nigeria has 23 power generating plants connected to the national grid with the capacity to generate 11,165.4 MW of electricity. These plants are managed by generating companies (Gencos), independent power providers, and Niger Delta Holding Company (NIPP).
The primary independent power plants before the power sector reforms are Shell owned Afam VI (642MW), Agip built Okpai plant (480MW), and AES (270MW). The third sector is the NIPP, a project that was initiated in 2004 to fast track the development of new power plants in the country.
The majority of the new proposed plants are gas-powered plants. In 2014, the proposed capacity of NIPP plants was 5,455MW.