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Nationwide blackout as electricity grid collapses


Nigeria is currently experiencing widespread darkness following the collapse of the national grid system.

The grid system is operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) from Osogbo, the Osun State capital.

Checks in the early hour of Thursday showed that the grid plummeted to a meagre 273 megawatts of electricity coming from two out of the over 27 electricity generation.

This comes barely a week after TCN celebrated a questionable 400 days of grid stability.

A number of Distribution Companies (DisCos) told Guardian that the grid went down at 00:41 AM, disclosing that most of their feeders are out.

As of 4:00 a.m. on Thursday, five generating plants were on the grid. Afam VI had 0.70MW, Dadinkowa was generating 0.00MW, Ibom Power had 32.90MW, Jebba had 240MW and Olorunsogo was on the grid with zero generation.

At about 1AM midnight, the total power on the grid was 35MW, indicating that the country experienced a total collapse.

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