Fire causes Nigeria’s grid to collapse

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  • A fire on a main transmission line has cause a total grid collapse in Nigeria.
  • Power is currently being restored. 

Nigeria’s energy minister, Adebayo Adelabu, said fire had caused an explosion on a transmission line connecting the Kainji and Jebba power plants in north central Niger state which tripped the country’s grid.

“The fire has been fully arrested and over half of the connections are now up and the rest will be fully restored in no time,” Adelabu said in a statement.

Reuters reports that power generation fell to zero in the early hours but had risen to 1,341 megawatts (MW) by 1400 GMT, still well below the daily average of 4,100 MW, data from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) showed.

Last month TCN reported a major milestone achieved announcing that the Nigerian power grid maintained uninterrupted stability for over 400 consecutive days. Read more 

No comment has been formally made by NTC on the latest national blackout at the time of going to press.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

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