TCN confirms restoration of National grid

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has confirmed that the national grid has been fully restored after collapsing earlier today due to a fire at the Afam Power Generation Station in River State.

Ndidi Mbah, the commission’s spokesperson, confirmed this in a statement on Monday.

The national grid will collapse for the third time in 2024, causing a widespread power outage.

According to Mbah, the collapse was caused by a fire that started at the Afam V 300kV bus bar coupler, tripping units at Afam III and Afam VI.

He further noted that the fire incident destabilized the grid, causing partial collapse.

“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 nation’s grid.At 02:41 Hours today, 15th April, 2024, a fire erupted at the Afam V 330kV bus bar coupler, leading to the tripping of units at Afam III and Afam VI.

“This resulted in a sudden generation loss of MW and 305MW respectively, destabilizing the grid and causing a partial collapse,” Mbah said.

Furthermore, the commission explained that the collapse did not affect the Ibom Power Plant which was isolated from the grid, and responsible for the electricity supply in some parts of Port Harcourt Region.

According to TCN, this minimized the effect of the disturbance of the system, as electricity consumers in that regions were not affected by the 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.

“TCN reaffirms its commitment to enhancing the resilience and reliability of the national grid and pledges to continue investing in measures aimed at further strengthening the grid infrastructure,” the statement added.