The Nigerian Electricity System Operator has revealed that the national electricity grid has collapsed the sixth time within eight days.
Nigerian Electricity System Operator which is an arm of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) revealed in a statistics by TCN that country ’s power generation crashed from 3 ,667 . 5 megawatts on January 1 , 2018 , to 5 .0 MW on January 2 , which was the first system collapse in the year .
The second grid collapse occurred on January 3 , as power generation on that day was 51 MW . This moved up to 2 ,660 .1 MW the following day .
But on January 5, the grid collapsed for the third time to 107 MW . Three other grid collapses were recorded on January 6 , 7 and 8 , as the country ’s power generation dropped to 173 MW , 164 . 2MW and 72 MW , respectively .
It was observed that 2,596 .2MW of electricity was generated on January 27 , which was the most recent power generation figure released by the NESO on Monday afternoon .
The poor power generation on January 27 was due to gas constraint, which prevented the production of over 2 ,321 .8 MW of electricity .
Explaining the reasons for the grid collapses , the Chief Executive Officer, TCN, Usman Mohammed , at a recent event in Abuja , stated that there was a need for adequate investment in order to stabilise the grid .
He said ,
“There are certain things that need to be put in place for us to have grid stability and one of them is that we need to put in adequate investment . One of the key investments that we need to do quickly is that we need to build another line between Benin and Omotosho .
“When we do that , we think that we will be able to stabilise the grid , because 70 per cent of the instability we have is between Lagos and Benin . This , of course, is because we have so many generation stations located on that axis .”