Power Sector And Other Related News Stories For Friday September 15th 2023
Power Being Restored in Nigeria After Nationwide Grid Collapse
Nigeria experienced a nationwide power outage for about 10 hours after the country’s electrical grid collapsed due to a fire, authorities and the nation’s electricity distribution companies reported.
The grid has collapsed multiple times in recent years, and the latest outage on Thursday affected all of Nigeria’s 36 states and the capital city of Abuja before electricity was restored in most parts of the country.
A fire in one of the country’s power plants led to “sharp drops in frequency” that resulted in grid failure early Thursday, Adebayo Adebulu, Nigeria’s minister of power, said on X, formerly known as Twitter.
TCN Blames Grid Collapse On Fire Outbreak
The collapse of the national grid reported earlier on Thursday which threw the whole country into darkness followed a fire outbreak on the Kainji/Jebba 330kV transmission line 2, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said.
The transmission company, which gave the reason for the grid collapse in a statement in Abuja, confirmed efforts to recover the system nationwide were in progress.
The TCN spokesperson, Ndidi Mbah, who signed the statement said the restoration efforts, which have reached advanced stages, said normal electricity supply has now been restored in sections of the country, including the West, North Central, South, East, and a large portion of the Northern parts.
Abuja, Environs Are Pilot Cases For NERC’s Power Outage Reporting App
Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, will form pilot case for the newly unveiled Power Outage Reporting System, PORS, by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), says the commission’s chairman, Sanusi Garba, earlier this week
He made the revelation while launching the App in Abuja. Garba tasked all the electricity consumers to key into the new online App initiated to make the complaint resolution process easier and faster in the country.
He added that the PORS innovation can be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play store, adding that its operations are so simple such that all cadres of customers can perform.
Restoration of Collapsed Electricity Grid Has Reached Advanced Stages
Following the collapse of the power grid that occured in the early hours of yesterday, which caused nationwide blackout, with adverse impacts on homes and businesses, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has assured Nigerians that efforts were in top gear to restore supply.
It was gathered that TCN engineers had gone to work to restore normalcy when the incident happened, including first restoring about 35mw, and then ramped it up to 193mw and then 273mw before their efforts suffered a setback, resulting in another failure.
The government-owned TCN in a statement signed by its General Manager, Public Affairs, Ndidi Mbah, disclosed that the system collapse was caused by a fire incident that occurred on Kanji/Jebba 330kV line 2, which was being investigated by the agency.
AfDB Plans $250m For Nigeria Electrification Project
The African Development Bank is ready to disburse $250 million into the Nigeria Electrification Project, Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, said on Thursday.
The NEP seeks to bridge the energy access deficit by providing electricity to households, MSMEs, and educational and healthcare facilities in unserved and underserved rural communities.
Adelabu shared this update on X (formerly known as Twitter), underscoring the fruitful outcome of a productive Bilateral Cooperation meeting held during the ongoing “Just Energy Transition and Agricultural Transformation for Africa” conference in Busan, South Korea.
Access to Electricity Improves Slightly in 2023, But Still Far From The Pace Needed to Meet SDG7
The pandemic and global energy crisis that followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine dealt a strong blow to progress on improving access to electricity. The number of people without access globally increased in 2022 for the first time in decades, rising by around 6 million to roughly 760 million. This setback was primarily concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa, where four in five people without access live today.
Data from the first half of 2023 suggests a welcome turnaround. The number of people globally without electricity access is projected to decrease to 745 million by the end of this year. In sub-Saharan Africa, the number of people without access is on track to stabilize in 2023 after rising for three consecutive years. Progress in developing economies in Asia is also set to resume, albeit at a much slower clip than before 2019.