National Grid Restored After System Collapse

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) successfully reinstated the national grid after a system disturbance occurred at 4:28 pm on Thursday, March 28, 2024, amidst the Easter Holidays. This disturbance led to a nationwide blackout as a result of the collapse of the national grid. However, TCN, through its General Public Affairs spokesperson, Ndidi Mbah, issued a statement confirming the restoration of the grid, with full recovery achieved by 10:00 pm on Thursday.

Mbah elaborated that the disruption was caused by an imbalance in grid stability, further exacerbated by the sudden tripping of Egbin generation turbine 3. This sudden event contributed to the widespread blackout experienced by Nigerians on Thursday.

The prompt action taken by TCN to address the system disturbance and restore the national grid underscores its commitment to ensuring the stability and reliability of Nigeria’s power infrastructure, particularly during critical periods such as the Easter Holidays.

TCN’s swift response and successful restoration efforts highlight the organization’s capability to manage and mitigate disruptions to the national grid, ultimately minimizing the impact on the lives and activities of Nigerians nationwide.

Moving forward, TCN remains dedicated to implementing measures that enhance the resilience and efficiency of the national grid, thereby fostering uninterrupted power supply for the benefit of all Nigerians.

“According to a report from the National Control Centre (NCC) in Osogbo, the system disturbance was triggered by a significant reduction in generation capacity, primarily due to gas constraints. This reduction led to a rapid decline in system frequency. This created a sudden imbalance in the grid.”

“The imbalance in grid stability was exacerbated by the sudden tripping of Egbin generation turbine 3, resulting in an additional loss of 167MW load and the subsequent collapse of the grid.”

“The grid has, however, been recovered and is stable, and all the generated power is currently transmitted to distribution load centres nationwide”, she said.

Nigeria’s power supply has remained abysmal since January 2024.