Nigeria’s power grid has collapsed over the weekend, plunging parts of the country into a total blackout for hours on Sunday. Two of the power distribution companies in the country, Kaduna Electric, and Eko Electricity Distribution Company, announced the national grid collapse on Sunday afternoon.
EKEDC, in a text message sent to its customers, said, “Dear customer, there is a system collapse on the national grid. Supply will be restored as soon as the issue is resolved. Apologies for the inconvenience.
According to Punch Newspaper, the grid which is being managed by the government-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria has continued to suffer system collapse over the years amid a lack of spinning reserve that is meant to forestall such occurrences.
Spinning reserve is the generation capacity that is online but unloaded and that can respond within 10 minutes to compensate for generation or transmission outages.