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NERC probes frequent power grid collapse, supply partially restored

The Federal Government on Saturday said the Nigerian Regulatory Commission and the System Operator were currently investigating causes of the frequent power grid collapse leading to widespread blackout across the country.


The national electricity grid collapsed again on Friday evening, making it the third time in the space of one month.


Some power distribution companies had confirmed the development in separate messages on Friday evening.


The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company stated that the collapse of the grid resulted in power outages in its area of operation, which covered about five states.

Also, the Eko Electricity Distribution Company said the grid collapse affected its entire network.


Reacting to this on Saturday, the Federal Ministry of Power stated that the reasons for the incessant grid collapse were currently being investigated.


It disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja by the media aide to the Minister of Power, Isa Sanusi, stressing that the last system collapse occurred at 6.30pm on Friday, resulting in power outages in many parts of Nigeria.

The statement read in part, “While a detailed investigation into the immediate and remote causes of the recurring grid failure is currently ongoing by the NERC and System Operator (the operator of the national grid), the process of restoring supply is ongoing with some sections of the national grid already energised and supply restored to consumers.


“We wish to assure Nigerians that the Federal Government is working assiduously to deliver on the much-needed reforms and investments, including SCADA, that are critical to improving the capacity and reliability of the national grid.”


This, it stated, was in line with the directives of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on closing infrastructure deficits in critical sectors of the Nigerian economy.





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