Nigeria experienced its third national grid collapse in less than a month, plunging the nation into darkness.
The power generation plummeted from a midnight peak of 3,594.60 megawatts (MW) to a mere 42.7MW at midday on Tuesday, September 19, 2023,
At noon, only the Delta Power plant remained active on the grid, generating 41MW, while Afam contributed just 1.7MW.
At 11:32 am, the commercial hub of Lagos lost power supply from the grid, leading to a nationwide blackout attributed to a national system collapse.
This latest collapse is a severe blow to Nigeria’s economy and development.
The nation sufferred significant financial losses annually due to power outages, estimated to be in the billions of dollars.
These outages have a detrimental impact on the quality of life for Nigerians, hindering work, education, and business operations.
As of now, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has not issued an official statement regarding the cause of the collapse.
However, it is likely related to ongoing challenges such as inadequate infrastructure, gas supply issues, and transmission system constraints.