Nigeria’s Power Grid Collapses 28 Times in Nine Months


The nation’s power grid has collapsed 28 times this year, the highest since 2011, as the quantum of spinning reserve aimed at forestalling such occurrence remains low

The development, which was exacerbated by the upsurge in militant attacks on oil and gas facilities in the Niger Delta that affected gas-fired power plants, worsened the failure being experienced by households and business owners across the country. The total national power generation stood at 2,876.6 megawatts as of 6am on Friday, down from a peak of 5,074.7MW on February 2.

Industry data on Friday specifically showed that 22 total collapses and six partial collapses were recorded in March, April, May, June, July, September, October, November and December. In the whole of 2014 and 2015, the grid collapsed 13 and 10 times respectively, with four partial collapses each. The latest total system collapse recorded this year was on December 4.




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