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TCN blames gas constraints as national grid collapses again

Nigeria on Sunday experienced its first power grid collapse in 2024, throwing major cities into total blackout.

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), confirmed the incident and said the collapse occurred at about 11:21 hours.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in a statement on Sunday night described the incident as a “partial disturbance”.

According to the company, prior to the partial disturbance, low power generation had persisted since January 2024, saying this has been exacerbating daily due to the lingering gas constraint.

In a statement issued by the Company’s spokesperson, Mrs. Ndidi Mba, said it initiated immediate restoration of the affected part of the grid.

The Company noted that Gas constraints continue to impact grid flexibility and stability stressing the need for guaranteed gas supply to GenCos.

“Ensuring sufficient gas supply to power generating stations is crucial for grid stability as sufficient generation allows for better grid management in the event of sudden generation losses like this. TCN will investigate the cause of tripping of Sapele Steam & Egbin power generating units,” it added.

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