– Total blackout looms as national grid collapses.
– Repair works though have commenced as confirmed by the federal ministry of power, works and housing.
National grid collapse may prompt black out.
The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing has confirmed that a fire incident at the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System near Okada, Edo State, on Tuesday has caused the national transmission grid to trip off.
The development has led to widespread power outage across several parts of the country.
The ministry however gave assurances that repair works aimed at restoring normalcy is already on-going.
A statement issued by the ministry on Wednesday says:
“Regrettably, after a sustained period of increasing production and distribution of power since September 2017 to date, the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Ltd (NGPTC) has reported a fire incident on its Escravos Lagos Pipeline System near Okada, Edo State on Tuesday, 2nd January, 2018.”
“The incident requires a shutdown of the pipeline supplying gas to Egbin 1,320MW; Olorunsogo NIPP 676MW, Olorunsogo 338MW, Omotosho NIPP 450MW, Omotosho 338 MW and Paras 60MW power stations.”
“The sudden loss of generation due to interruption in gas supply from these stations caused the national transmission grid to trip off around 20:20 on 2nd January 2018. The national transmission grid is owned and operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).”
“Most of Nigeria’s power generation is from thermal power stations that require gas for fuel. The gas is produced by oil and gas companies overseen by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. The gas is delivered to the power stations through pipelines owned and operated by Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Ltd (NGPTC), a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC).”
“TCN and the generation companies are working to restore operation of the national grid. Once the national grid is restored output from the hydroelectric power stations and all other unaffected gas fired thermal power stations will be increased to the extent possible to minimize the impact of loss of generation from the affected power stations while NNPC takes necessary steps to restore gas supply.”
“We urge members of the public to bear with us as we work to overcome this set back which should be temporary.”