TCN says 313MW “instantly faraway from grid” triggering collapse


The Transmission Firm of Nigeria (TCN) defined the nationwide grid collapse that occurred on Saturday, July 6, and introduced that the grid has been restored throughout the nation. 

In a press release on Sunday, the spokesperson for TCN, Ndidi Mbah, mentioned the partial disturbance on the grid was attributable to an surprising tripping of three (3) models of an influence producing station, which instantly eliminated 313MW from the grid. 

He mentioned the tripping led to system instability and a partial collapse of the grid, inflicting blackouts throughout sure areas within the nation. 

Nonetheless, he mentioned the grid has been utterly restored to its full capability following the restoration efforts by its operators on Saturday.  

“The Transmission Firm of Nigeria, TCN, hereby states that there was a partial disturbance of the grid at about 15.09 hours yesterday, 6th July 2024. 

“The system disturbance, which brings to a few, the partial grid disturbances, with one whole disturbance this 12 months, is suspected to have been triggered by the surprising tripping of three (3) models of an influence producing station, which instantly eliminated 313MW from the grid, inflicting system instability that led to the lack of bulk provide to a piece of the nationwide grid. 

“Additionally, the operators commenced grid restoration efforts instantly after the incident. At about 21.57 hours yesterday, the whole a part of the grid that was affected by yesterday’s incident was efficiently restored,” Mbah mentioned.  


Nairametrics had earlier reported that the nationwide grid system collapsed but once more on Saturday, resulting in a nationwide blackout. 

That is the fourth time the grid has collapsed this 12 months. 

Confirming the blackout in a press release on Saturday, the Abuja Electrical energy Distribution Firm (AEDC) mentioned the ability outage being skilled inside its franchise is because of a system failure from the nationwide grid. 

“Please be told that the ability outage being skilled is because of a system failure from the nationwide grid at 3:10 pm as we speak, affecting the ability provide to our franchise areas,” the AEDC mentioned. 

In accordance with discover by TCN, the collapse occurred round 15:09 hours on Saturday. 

Consequently, bulk electrical energy provide from the Transmission Firm of Nigeria Nationwide Management Centre has been disrupted. 

What it’s best to know 

Nigeria’s electrical energy sector continues to grapple with the challenges of a fragile nationwide grid, often resulting in nationwide blackouts each different time.  

As of June 2024, the grid has skilled a collapse 4 totally different occasions.  

This contributed considerably to electrical energy disruption throughout the nation, with companies having to depend on self-servicing turbines to run their actions. 

In November 2013, the federal authorities privatised all energy era and 11 distribution firms, with the FG retaining the possession of the transmission firm. This was to enhance effectivity within the sector. 

Nonetheless, since privatisation, the grid has continued to break down amid efforts to reposition the ability sector. 

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