Once again, Nigeria has plunged into darkness as the national grid system, managed by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in Osogbo, Osun State, suffered a breakdown. A recent examination conducted by The Guardian in the early hours of today revealed that the grid’s capacity had plummeted to a mere 273 megawatts, originating from just two of the more than 27 electricity generation sources.
This incident occurred less than a week after TCN celebrated an ostensibly questionable 400 days of grid stability. Several Distribution Companies confirmed to The Guardian that the grid failure happened at 12:41 AM, resulting in the shutdown of most of their feeders.
As of 4:00 AM on Thursday, only five power plants were operational. Afam VI contributed 0.70MW, Dadinkowa generated 0.00MW, Ibom Power produced 32.90MW, Jebba contributed 240MW, and Olorunsogo was connected to the grid but not generating any power.
Around 1 AM midnight, the total power supply on the grid stood at a mere 35MW, indicating a complete system collapse. Subsequently, it slightly improved to 193MW around 3 AM before reaching 273MW at the time of this report.
It’s worth noting that the TCN has not responded to inquiries from our correspondent regarding this development.