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TCN confirms restoration of national grid after third collapse in 2024

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has confirmed the full restoration of the national grid that collapsed earlier today following a fire incident at the Afam Power Generating Station, in River State.

The spokesperson for the commission, Ndidi Mbah, disclosed this in a statement on Monday.

This will be the third time in 2024 the national grid has collapsed, resulting in nationwide power outage in the country.

According to Mbah, the collapse was caused by a fire which erupted at the Afam V 300kV bus bar coupler, leading to the tripping of units at Afam III and Afam VI.

He further noted that the fire incident destabilized the grid, causing partial collapse.

Furthermore, the commission explained that the collapse did not affect the Ibom Power Plant which was isolated from the grid, and responsible for the electricity supply in some parts of Port Harcourt Region.

According to TCN, this minimized the effect of the disturbance of the system, as electricity consumers in that regions were not affected by the collapse.

Earlier, Naijaonpoint reported that national electricity grid collapsed early on Monday at about 2:00 am, plunging the nation into total blackout.

According to data from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the four generation companies recorded 0MW generation from around 2:00 am this morning.

Furthermore, load allocation to Discos as the time of filing this report was zero in seven out of the 11 electricity distribution companies (Discos), with Ikeja, Benin, Abuja and Ibadan Discos the exceptions. In total, the load allocation to Discos stood at a meagre 250MW this morning.

The electricity grid, on February 4, collapsed for the first time in 2024.

Also, the country suffered another nationwide blackout following the collapse of the national grid on March 28.