June 19, 2024

Labour union shuts down national grid, leads to nationwide backout — TCN

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Adewale Akintaro

The Transmission Company of Nigeria has released a statement that the Labour Union has shut down the national grid, resulting in blackout nationwide.

The national grid shutdown occured at about 2.19 am, Monday morning, 3rd June 2024.

According to the press release signed by Ndidi Mbah, General Manager, Public Affairs of Transmission Company of Nigeria, the Benin Transmission Operator under the Independent System Operations unit of TCN reported that all operators were driven away from the control room and that staff that resisted were beaten while some were wounded in the course of forcing them out of the control room and without any form of control or supervision, the Benin Area Control Center was brought to zero, about 1:15 am this morning.

Other transmission substations that were shut down, by the Labour Union include the Ganmo, Benin, Ayede, Olorunsogo, Akangba and Osogbo Transmission Substations, the statement revealed.
On the power generating side, power generating units from different generating stations were forced to shut down some units of their generating plants, the Jebba Generating Station was forced to shut down one of its generating units while three others in the same substation subsequently shut down on very high frequency. The sudden forced load cuts led to high frequency and system instability, which eventually shut down the national grid at 2:19 am.

At about 3.23 am, however, TCN commenced grid recovery, using the Shiroro Substation to attempt to feed the transmission lines supplying bulk electricity to the Katampe Transmission Substation. The situation is such that the labour Union is still obstructing grid recovery nationwide.

The TCN however assured that efforts will be made to stablise the situation.

“We will continue to make effort to recover and stabilize the grid to enable the restoration of normal bulk transmission of electricity to distribution load centres nationwide.”

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