Nigeria in total blackout as Power generation drops to Zero megawatt

By Joshua Amaugo March 31, 2016 18:22

Nigeria in total blackout as Power generation drops to Zero megawatt

Sequel to the marginal drop in power supply recorded a few days ago, which threw the nation into a partial state of blackout, Post-Nigeria has gathered that on Thursday, March 31, power generation dropped to a record zero megawatt at exactly 12.58pm.

According to the Punch, no power generation company in Nigeria produced a single megawatt of electricity, at about 1pm on Thursday. This is based on data obtained from the Nation’s System Operator.

As a result of the total collapse, no electricity distribution company received load allocation beginning from when the collapse was recorded up till around 3pm on Thursday.

The System Operators disclosed that about 11 distribution companies got zero electricity load allocation during the period of the collapse, implying that for about three hours on Thursday, no part of Nigeria got power supply from the national grid.

Although, it was partially restored at about 3pm, many communities, towns and cities in Nigeria are still experiencing total blackout.

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A breakdown showed that out of the 450MW that was due to Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, only about 50MW was transmitted when the situation began to improve.

Prior to the collapse, AEDC got an allocation of 257.97MW and the nationwide generation level stood at 2,243.2MW.

Trying to ascertain the cause of the breakdown, a senior official at the power ministry who spoke with the Punch on condition of anonymity, fingered vandals who he said have completely destroyed power infrastructure and gas pipelines in the industry over the past years, as well as the poor upgrade of power installations across the country.

He said, “The power crisis being experienced nationwide since Tuesday this week has worsened on Thursday with a total system collapse at exactly 12.58pm this afternoon.

“At that point, the nation went to ground zero, with all the Discos receiving zero MW allocation from the System Operator.

“Aside pipelines vandalism, some miscreants have been involved in the destruction of vital power infrastructure and this has been affecting not just generation, but transmission and distribution as well,” the source said.

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