The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has announced the full recovery of the national grid which reportedly collapsed at about 11.27 am on Wednesday, July 20, 2022.
The General Manager, Public Affairs, TCN, Ndidi Mbah made this known in a statement at about 6.30am on Thursday.
He explained that the grid collapse was the result of a sudden drop in system frequency from 49.94Hz to 47.36Hz, which created system instability.
The statement reads in part, “The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) wishes to inform the general public that the national grid experienced system disturbance at about 11.27 am today, 20th, July 2022. The incident was a result of a sudden drop in system frequency from 49.94Hz to 47.36Hz, which created system instability.
“According to reports obtained from the National Control Centre (NCC), it was precipitated by the tripping of a Unit (with a load of 106 MW) in one of the generating stations due to “Exhaust over Temperature”.
“This unwholesome event, which pulled out other grid-connected Units in the plant, resulted in aggregated generation loss of 457MW.
“In its wake, a train of events ensued – culminating in the collapse of the national grid.
“As obtainable in all systems, when a component of the electric power system is defective, the entire configuration is vitiated. However, despite setbacks encountered at the initial stage, grid restoration had almost been completed as of 11:00 pm when this report was filed.
“The Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry appreciates the kind understanding of Government and consumers of electricity within and outside the country.
“We are committed to leveraging the concerted interventions instituted thus far to enhance power supply reliability so that the issue of system collapse will soon become a thing of the past. Meanwhile, a full-scale investigation is being conducted to establish the cause of this failure”.