Blackout spreads as national grid collapses

Some parts of the country experienced total blackout on Wednesday following the collapse of the national grid.

It was gathered that some towns in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) also had their fair share of the development, which occurred around 11.01 am.

As at the time of filing this report around 4.15pm, areas like Maitama, Jahi district and many other cities in the FCT did not have electricity supply.

Confirming the development, the General Manager, Public Affairs of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Ms Mrs Ndidi Mbah, said voltage collapse was responsible for the system collapse of the grid.

Ndidi in a statement she issued in Abuja said TCN had commenced grid recovery immediately after the collapse.

She said: “The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) hereby states that at about 11.01 am today, 12th of May, 2021, there was a total system collapse of the grid, as a result of voltage collapse at some parts of the grid.

“TCN commenced grid recovery immediately after the collapse, from Shiroro Generating Station to Katampe TS, Abuja through the Shiroro – Katampe line at 11:29 am, and also through Delta Generating Station to Benin Transmission Substation and has reached Osogbo and parts of Lagos.

“While the grid restoration and power restoration gradually progress to other parts of the country, the cause of voltage collapse that precipitated this failure is equally being investigated.

“TCN appeals for patience as it works assiduously to ensure full restoration of the grid and consequently power supply to the remaining parts of the country.”

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