By Anthony Isaac
The Transmission Company of Nigeria says its engineers have restored the national grid after the system collapse which occurred at about 16.15 hours on Thursday.
The collapse happened while the grid was recovering from an earlier partial system disturbance.
A statement by TCN on Friday said full restoration of the grid was achieved at about 2:19am.
According to TCN General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah the initial disturbance of the grid which occurred at about 12.34pm was a partial collapse of the system, as the grid was still supplying Port-Harcourt, Aba, Omoku, Yenegoa, Afam among others, through Afam IV, Rivers IPP and Omoku Power Stations.
“Effort immediately commenced to synchronize other parts of the network but as restoration reached advanced stage, the situation suddenly degenerated into a collapse of the nation’s grid”, she explained.
She added: “Full restoration of the grid re-commenced immediately after the incident and by 10pm yesterday, most parts of the nation had been reconnected to the grid, at about 2:19am however, the grid was fully restored.
“Management wishes to inform Nigerians that TCN is not relenting in its efforts to completely stabilize the grid. However, due to the fact that the National Grid is still being operated with zero spinning reserve, system instability like what was witnessed yesterday cannot be totally avoided. TCN solicits the support and understanding of Nigerians as the company continues to work to modernize the Grid”.
Meanwhile, a cross section of consumers in Abuja have bemoaned the current state of electricity supply in the nation’s capital.
Those who spoke to the ExpressDay said power supply in Abuja in the past month has been particularly poor.
Mr. Musa John a shop owner in Karu said he has had to rely on buy ice blocks to chill his sachet was (pure water) and soft drinks.
He said: “The power is very bad. For two days now no light. But NEPA will bring big bill at the end of the month. You know the weather is hot and people need cold drinks and water.
“I still sell at the same price but the cost has increased for me. Government should do something about NEPA”, he appealed.