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Again, Nigeria thrown into darkness as national grid collapses

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Nigeria’s national power grid collapsed again on Monday, leaving the entire country in total darkness.

The collapse happened after weeks of threats by operators that the country’s power generation would get worse if government does not listen to their demands.
As at press time, an emergency meeting of the operators with the government summoned by the Minister of Power was still ongoing.

The Association of Power Generation Companies, APGC, had on Sunday, blamed poor management of the grid by the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, as one the factors responsible for low power generation in the country.

The GenCos said most of their turbines have been damaged by inefficient management of the grid.

APGC Executive Secretary, Mrs. Joy Ogaji said: “The GenCos are supposed to start and stop at most 20 times a year but in Nigeria, the GenCos start and stop 365 days every year and this wear and tear are affecting the plants, causing maintenance issues at a time when they should be optimal.

“Last year GenCos engaged an expert to investigate these issues, it was found that the ramp down and ramp up has affected the turbines. For instance, Siemens has told Geregu to shut down the machines because if the start-stop continues it will destroy the three turbines until after maintenance. General Electric has also notified Calabar on similar issue and awaiting maintenance.”

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