National electricity on Sunday, June 12, collapsed, leading to power outages across the country.
The grid collapsed around 6.49pm, making it the fifth collapse of the Nigerian power grid in 2022. Punch reported that this led to the closure of the outgoing power supplies of certain power distribution companies.
The fall was confirmed by Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc and Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company with separate messages.
Prior to the incident, the electricity grid at 6am on Sunday morning was 3,628.6 megawatts, but it was reported that this crash in the evening caused the grid to collapse.
The Nigerian power grid collapsed twice in March and twice in April this year, as power generation in the system continued to fluctuate due to various concerns such as gas pressure, water management challenges, damage to gas pipelines, among others.
Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company said in a statement;
“Power Outage In Our Franchise Due To Grid Collapse.
“Dear esteemed customers, we regret to inform you that the power outage being experienced in our franchise states is due to system collapse of the national grid.
“The collapse occured at about 18:47pm this evening hence the loss of supply on all our outgoing feeders. Power supply shall be restored as soon as the national grid is powered back. Our sincere apologies for any inconvenience.”
Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc also revealed that a grid collapse threw five regions under the Disco franchise area and completely shut down.
Head, Corporate Communications, EEDC, Emeka Ezeh said;
“The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc wishes to inform her esteemed customers of a system collapse which occurred at 6.49pm this evening, Sunday, June 12, 2022.
“As a result of this development, all our outgoing feeders are out and this has affected supply to our customers in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo states.
“We are on standby, awaiting further information on restoration of supply from the National Control Centre. Thank you.”
The president of the Nigeria Consumer Protection Network, Kunle Olubiyo, in response to the recent grid collapse, said that although the situation was dire, power outages were still new to some consumers.
“Some electricians have become accustomed to the constant darkness. The grid curve on them is a permanent feature.
“That means the collapse of their grid is unlimited. And when they get the light of every 20 minutes or an hour, what you will hear will be “up NEPA!”