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Again, Nigeria suffers blackout as national grid collapses

- The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says national power grid collapsed

- The TCN spokesperson said the restoration of the grid was already at 90 percent

- According to the report, the incident occurred at 11:13 am on Tuesday, June 2

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) said the national power grid has been restored after it collapsed on Tuesday, June 2.

According to Daily Trust, the spokesperson of the electricity company noted that the grid has reached over 90 percent restoration after the incident occurred at 11:13 am.

Though the company did state immediately the reasons for the collapse, TCN added that the situation is still being assessed as actions are being taken to swiftly restore power supply across the country.

The national power grid has had a number of disturbances causing total outages and partial outages in some cases this year alone.

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90% power supply restored after collapse of national grid - TCN

90% power supply has been restored after the collapse of the national grid.
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It would be recalled that earlier this year, TCN disclosed that the national grid was restored after a system collapse on Thursday, January 16.

Ndidi Mbah, the general manager, TCN's public affairs department, disclosed that the fault on the power grid was restored on Friday, January 17.

“Full restoration of the grid was achieved at 2:19am today (Friday),” Mbah, said. The TCN explained that the initial disturbance of the grid was a partial collapse of the system.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nigerians faced another blackout for 10 days as the shortage of gas has hit 16 power generating plants causing power generation to drop to 3,675 megawatts (MW) from its highest point.

Operators said until scheduled maintenance is completed on the gas pipelines the drop in power supply will continue for another 10 days. Power generation statistics from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) puts peak generation at 4,055MW on Friday, March 6, but by the close of the day, it had dropped to 3,236MW.

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Meanwhile, Ndidi Mbah, TCN spokesperson, in a statement on Saturday, March 7, confirmed this development. She said: “The nation’s power sector is experiencing power supply shortage caused by low gas supply which has restrained the ability of many thermal power stations to generate optimally.”

In other news, the House of Representatives has insisted that the Nigerian government provides free electricity for all Nigerians for two months due to the lockdown measures imposed in some parts of the country by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The house was reacting to comments by the minister of power, Engineer Saleh Mamman, who said the move is not feasible and would incur high costs for private investors in the sector.

“While these excuses are debatable, most concerning of all was his argument that the provision of free power would benefit only the rich to the exclusion of the 80 million Nigerians who are not connected to the national power grid,” a statement from the House spokesman, Benjamin Kalu said.

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