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Electricity grid collapse second time in 26 days

The national power grid has collapsed for the second time in less than a month, worsening the blackout being experienced by households and businesses in parts of Lagos, Ogun, Kaduna, and other parts of Nigeria.

The collapse, which is the second in exactly 26 days occurred around 1 pm on Monday and was confirmed by two of the electricity distribution companies in the country.

Eko Electricity Distribution Company, in a message sent to its customers on its Facebook page, said, “We regret to inform you of a system collapse on the national grid that’s causing outages across our network.

“We are working with our TCN partners to restore supply as soon as possible. Please bear with us.”

Kaduna Electric said: “We sincerely apologise for the power outage in our franchise states which is due to a system collapse from the national grid. The supply shall be restored as soon as the grid is back up.

“We regret any inconvenience this may cause all our customers.”

The grid had in July suffered a total collapse, which the Transmission Company of Nigeria attributed to the loss of 611 megawatts at two power stations.

The grid, which is being managed by government-owned TCN, has continued to suffer system collapse over the years amid a lack of spinning reserve that is meant to forestall such occurrences.

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