TCN blames fire incident for national grid collapse


The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, says a fire incident caused the collapse of the national grid on Monday.

The General Manager of Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, disclosed this in a statement.

Recall that Nigerians were thrown into darkness after the national grid collapsed around 2:40 am for the second time in two months.

However, TCN said the grid has been restored.

“The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) announces the full restoration of the national grid following a fire incident at the Afam power generating station, which caused a partial disturbance of the national grid.

“At 02:41Hrs today, 15th April 2024, a fire erupted at the Afam V 330kV bus bar coupler, leading to units tripping at Afam III and Afam VI. This resulted in a sudden generation loss of 25MW and 305MW, respectively, destabilizing the grid and causing a partial collapse.

“During the incident, the Ibom Power plant was isolated from the grid and was supplying parts of the Port Harcourt Region. This further minimized the effect of the system disturbance. TCN confirms that the affected section of the grid has been fully restored and stabilized,” the statement reads.

However, parts of Nigeria have remained in darkness since midnight.





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