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TCN blames gas constraints for collapse of national grid, confirms restoration 




The Transmission Company of Nigeria has announced the successful restoration of the national power grid, attributing the disturbance to limitations in the supply of gas. 

In a statement released on Friday, TCN disclosed that the grid disturbance occurred at 4:20 pm on Thursday, March 28, and that the grid was restored by 10 pm that same evening. 

The company pointed out that the instability of the grid worsened with the unexpected failure of the Egbin generation’s turbine 3, which led to an extra loss of 167MW load, causing the grid to subsequently fail. 

Earlier, it was reported the central management hub in Osogbo, Osun State, witnessed the national electricity grid’s collapse at 4:30 pm on Thursday, affecting power supply to millions of homes and businesses. 

According to various distribution companies (DisCos), their feeders became inactive, resulting in widespread blackouts across the country. 

According to the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), the grid failed around 4 pm on Thursday, plummeting from 2,984 megawatts (MW) to zero within an hour, leading to all 21 connected plants halting operations by 5 pm. 

In addition, Nairemetrics also reported that the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has announced the collapse of the national grid resulting in total blackout nationwide.   

The company disclosed this in a statement to its customers on its official X handle.