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National grid collapses, third time in a month

The electricity generation in Nigeria fell from a peak of 3,594.60 megawatts (MW) at Monday midnight to 42.7 MW at noon on September 19, 2023, causing the country’s national grid to collapse once more.

At midday, only the 41 MW Delta Power plant and 1.7 MW Afam were using the grid.

The commercial centre of Lagos lost power from the grid at 11:32 a.m., indicating that the national system collapsed.

The Nigerian national grid has now collapsed three times in less than a month, the most recent failure occurring just five days after the grid did so twice in less than 12 hours.

There is currently a statewide blackout due to the failure of the national grid, leaving many Nigerians without energy.

A comment on the cause of the collapse has not yet been made by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). However, it is most likely brought on by inadequate infrastructure, issues with the gas supply, and transmission system limitations.

According to estimates, Nigeria loses billions of dollars annually as a result of power disruptions. The outages lower Nigerians’ quality of life by making it challenging for them to work, study, and operate their businesses.

Writing by Jennifer Ogor; Editing by Daniel Adejo