Power Blackout Across Nigeria As Grid Collapses For Umpteenth Time


Power Blackout: Electricity Company Apologises To Nigerians

The national electricity grid had a system failure that resulted in power outages across the nation.

The nationwide power supply was reduced to 40 mega watts due to the system breakdown, which is the sixth in the past seven months.

The distribution load profile indicated that the national grid failed on Wednesday, July 20, around 12:23 p.m.

Compared to the 3,000MW generated the day before, the generation businesses’ output of electricity was pitifully low at just 40MW.

At 12:23 p.m., when the incident happened, allocations to the ten power distribution firms were zero, with the exception of 40 MW and 10 MW each for Abuja and Ibadan Discos.

Although the reason for the system failure is yet unknown, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has initiated an investigation to find out what happened.


national power outage was caused by the National Grid’s fifth failure this year on June 13.

Last month, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu, the Minister of Power, blamed the nation’s low electricity supply on problems with the gas supply.

The Minister noted that the “drop in energy generation comes as a result of the temporary suspension of the Oben gas plant to address the repair of essential gas processing equipment” in a statement by his media assistant, Malam Isa Sanusi.

The event, regrettably, took place while other power facilities using different gas sources were undergoing planned maintenance and capacity testing, the minister said.

We wish to notify the public that Seplat Energy Plc has mobilised equipment, material and personnel to site with a view to expediting the restoration of normal gas supply to the affected power plants.

Many Nigerians Lack Access To Power

The Federal Government on Tuesday, July 5, disclosed that about 62 percent of citizens in Nigeria lacked access to electricity, while 90 per cent had no access to modern cooking fuels.

However, it stated that efforts were ongoing to address the situation by harnessing the potential in the gas sector through the development of critical infrastructures across the country

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, who disclosed this during his address at the ongoing 2022 Nigeria Oil and Gas conference in Abuja, said the government was also working hard to minimise gas flaring in Nigeria.

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