May 30, 2024

National grid collapse plummets by 76 percent in five years

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Adewale Akintaro

The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has said the number of national grid disruptions and system collapses has eased by 76.47 percent in the last five years.

This is as even the national electricity grid has collapsed five consecutive times in this year alone 2024 as the first quarter of the year recorded four grid disturbances and a partial grid collapse in April 2024, due to vandalism, equipment failure and other technical issues.

But the TCN said it has only recorded 20 grid collapses since the year 2020 till date, in comparison to the previous five years, 2015 to 2019, where the national grid collapses for 85 times.

TCN General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, said the improvement was due to effort by the management to strategically expand the grid while harnessing in-house capacities to find solutions to grid stability,

Mbah noted that although there was room for improvement, TCN will continue to work hard to further reduce the number of grid disturbances to the barest minimum.

“In recent years, the number of grid disturbances and or system collapses has gradually reduced, contrary to popular opinion.

“Clearly, between 2020 to date (five years), we recorded 14 total and six partial grid
disturbances totalling 20, which represents a 76.47% reduction in grid disturbance, when compared to the previous five years, (2015 to 2019) where we had 64 total and 21 partial grid disturbances, totalling 85 times.

“This improvement is, however, not unconnected to the continuous effort by the management under Engr. Sule Abdulaziz to strategically expand the grid while harnessing in-house capacities to find solutions to grid stability, pending the deployment of SCADA/EMS.

“TCN will continue to work hard to further reduce the number of grid disturbances to the barest minimum,” TCN said in a statement.

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