Power Grid Has Collapsed 108 Times After Privatisation – TCN

The nation’s electrical energy grid has collapsed 108 occasions after the ability sector was privatised, information from the Transmission Company of Nigeria have proven.

The TCN, which manages the nationwide grid, remains to be totally owned and operated by the federal government.

While the TCN says the grid has a wheeling capability of 8,100MW, the very best energy era ever attained within the nation stands at 5,375MW.

The sector was privatised by the  Goodluck Jonathan administration with 11 electrical energy distribution firms and 6 era firms handed over to core traders on November 1, 2013.

Between November 1, 2013, and May 2020, the variety of whole grid collapses recorded was 83 whereas the grid partially collapsed 25 occasions.

A complete system collapse means whole blackout nationwide, whereas partial system collapse is a failure of a piece of the grid, in keeping with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.

The grid has continued to endure system collapse through the years amid lack of spinning reserve that’s meant to forestall such occurrences. Spinning reserve is the era capability that’s on-line however unloaded and that may reply inside 10 minutes to compensate for era or transmission outages.

Although 5 energy stations are supposed to present spinning reserves, generally none could have an precise reserve.

The energy stations are Egbin, Delta, Olorunsogo NIPP, Geregu NIPP and Omotosho NIPP.

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group not too long ago suggested the Federal Government to finish the ability and vitality sector deregulation course of by opening up the transmission section of the ability worth chain to non-public participation and investments.

The group stated in its 2020 Macroeconomic Outlook, ThePunch experiences.

“In doing this, three standards needs to be thought of for keen and potential traders – managerial expertise, technical experience and monetary capabilities.

“These are key to the success of the power/energy sector reform roadmap in Nigeria.”

The system operator, an arm of the TCN, put the nation’s put in era capability at 12,910.40MW; obtainable capability at 7,652.60MW; transmission wheeling capability at 8,100MW; and the height era ever attained at 5,375MW.

In one other improvement, the management of the National Assembly on Monday met and satisfied electrical energy distribution firms to defer the plan to hike tariffs until the primary quarter of 2021.

This was contained in an announcement issued late Tuesday by the Special Adviser to the Senate President on Media and Publicity, Ola Awoniyi, The Punch experiences.

The assertion learn, “The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and different principal officers of the 2 chambers met on the National Assembly with the chief govt of the federal government electrical energy regulatory physique and Discos throughout the nation.

“The assembly agreed to defer the deliberate hike until the primary quarter of subsequent yr whereas the management of the National Assembly promised to satisfy with President Muhammadu Buhari on the problem.

“The agreement here is that there is not going to be an increase in the tariffs on July 1st,” Lawan was quoted to have stated on the finish of the assembly.

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