Nigeria’s national power grid experienced a full system collapse on Wednesday morning, resulting in blackouts across several parts of the nation.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said Wednesday that the country’s national grid experienced a breakdown, The Guardian Nigeria reported. The company confirmed the outage through a statement by its General Manager of Public Affairs, Mrs. Ndidi Mbah.
“The TCN hereby states that at about 11.01 a.m today, May 12, 2021, there was a total system collapse of the grid, as a result of voltage collapse at some parts of the grid,” Mbah said in the statement, according to the media outlet.
“TCN commenced grid recovery immediately after the collapse, from Shiroro Generating Station to Katampe TS, Abuja through the Shiroro – Katampe line at 11:29 a.m. and also through Delta Generating Station to Benin Transmission Substation and has reached Osogbo and parts of Lagos.”
The TCN added that it will investigate the cause of the voltage collapse, and “appeals for patience as it works assiduously to ensure full restoration of the grid and consequently power supply to the remaining parts of the country,” Mbah added.
Two other electricity distribution companies in Nigeria acknowledged the collapse on Wednesday while apologizing to consumers who may have experienced blackouts,The Independent reported.
“We regret to inform you that the power outage currently being experienced across our franchise – Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states – is as a result of the collapse of the national grid,” Kaduna Electric said on Twitter, according to the news outlet.
In a similar message, Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc addressed to consumers: “Dear customer, there is a partial system collapse on the national grid. Our TCN partners are working to restore supply immediately. Please bear with us.”