The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) says the recent national electricity grid collapse is due to a fire outbreak.
While the grid had collapsed earlier in the day with several distribution companies confirming the development, the TCN in explaining the reason for the incident, said Thursday’s development is the first in almost one year.
“Meanwhile, the collapse that occurred after a fire incident on Kanji/Jebba 330kV line 2 is being investigated, with the view to forestalling future occurrence
and invariably further strengthen the grid,” the agency’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, said in a statement Thursday afternoon.
According to her, the TCN had been able to maintain the grid’s stability for over 421 days “because it developed and deployed in-house stop-gap measures and tools that it has continued to use to manage the nation’s grid, ensuring its stability”.
Following the recent development, TCN is assuring Nigerians that “grid restoration nationwide is in progress and has reached advanced stages with power supply now available in the West, North Central, South, East, and a large portion of the Northern parts of the country”.
Although the grid restoration “process initially suffered a setback,” the agency said, “this does not amount to another collapse”.
“In the course of any grid restoration process, challenges may be encountered. This happened today while the grid restoration was in progress, but it was promptly addressed,” TCN added.
“The incident notwithstanding, TCN is determined to continue to do its best to ensure grid stability,” it assured.