Again, national grid crashes to zero, blackout expected

The entire country has been thrown into a blackout following the crashing of the Nigerian electricity grid.

The grid crashed to zero megawatts on Wednesday after it developed a fault.

The development is coming a few weeks after a similar collapse occurred on June 12 and just 20 days after the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) activated a partial contract order for the Nigerian electricity market to guarantee 5,000MW and at least 4,000MW.

The grid went blank for the fifth time in 2022 at about 12 noon on Wednesday.

The Eko Electricity Distribution Company made this known in a text message forwarded to its customers.

The text reads, “Dear customers, we regret to inform you of a system collapse on the national grid at precisely 11:27 am today, Wednesday, July 20.

“We are in talks with the Transmission Company of Nigeria to ascertain the cause of the collapse and a possible restoration timeline”.


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