EPIC FALL: Total Blackout As Nigeria’s Power Generation Drops To ZERO In One Day
Nigeria’s power generation collapsed completely on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at exactly 12.58pm to zero megawatt and this persisted for about three hours, Punch reports.
Data from the country’s System Operator showed that around 1pm on Thursday, March 31, 2016 no power generation company in Nigeria produced a single megawatt of electricity.
For about three hours today, the power industry insiders say that there was a “complete system collapse” and none of the 11 electricity distribution company received any energy. This total blackout lasted for about 3 hours.
Before the collapse, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), a DISCO received an allocation of 257.97 megawatts and the nationwide generation level stood at 2,243.2MW. AEDC only received 50 megawatts when the situation began to improve.
According to sources, the system collapse was caused by gas pipeline vandalism which has increased in the last one year, added with the poor state of power installations across the country.
“The power crisis being experienced nationwide since Tuesday this week has worsened on Thursday with a total system collapse at exactly 12.58pm this afternoon. At that point, the nation went to ground zero, with all the Discos receiving zero MW allocation from the System Operator,” an operator in the sector told Punch anonymously.
Power supply was restored at about 3pm and the system began to upload energy to DISCOS.