Power Sector News And Other Related Stories For Thursday 21st July 2022

Posted by News Room July 21, 2022

Blackout Disappears as TCN Restores National Grid

The Transmission Company Of Nigeria (TCN) Says It Has Restored The National Grid Which Experienced System Disturbance At About 11.27am On Wednesday.

According To A Statement By Its General Manager, Public Affairs, The Incident Was As A Result Of Sudden Drop In System Frequency From 49.94Hz To 47.36Hz, Which Created System Instability.

The Statement Further Added That Reports Obtained From The National Control Centre (NCC) Indicate That It Was Precipitated By The Tripping Of A Unit (With A Load Of 106 MW) In One Of The Generating Stations Due To “Exhaust Over Temperature”.

“This Unwholesome Event, Which Pulled Out Other Grid-Connected Units In The Plant, Resulted In Aggregated Generation Loss Of 457MW. In Its Wake, A Train Of Events Ensued – Culminating In The Collapse Of The National Grid.



TCN to Undergo Probing Over Recruitment Process – Reps

The House Of Representatives Has Motioned To Invite The Management Of The Transmission Company Of Nigeria (TCN) Over Alleged Irregularities In The Employment Process In The Agency. This Move Was Made Following The Adoption Of A Motion By Rep. Preye Oseke (PDP-Bayelsa) At The Plenary On Wednesday.

Oseke Said That TCN Is In The Process Of Concluding A Recruitment Exercise In Which Over 400 Applicants Have Been Favourably Considered. However, According To Him, Only A Few Successful Applicants Are From Bayelsa, Despite The Very Many Eligible Applicants From The Said State. He Noted That Youths’ Restiveness On Account Of Mass Unemployment, Such Acts Of Alleged Bias, And Uneven Distribution Of Opportunities Could Negatively Impact Unethical Conducts Perpetrated By Youths Of The State.

Rep. Nkem Abonta (PDP-Abia), Amending The Motion, Said That Besides Bayelsa, Abia, Among Others, Has Been Affected. He Said That The House Should Equally Make A Case For All Other States Of The Federation That Have Been Marginalised.



Nationwide Blackout as Nigeria’s Electricity Grid Collapses Again

For The Sixth Time In Seven Months, The Nigerian National Electricity Grid Collapsed Yet Again Yesterday, Throwing Major Parts Of The Country Into Darkness.

As At 5.35pm Yesterday, The Grid System Was Yet To Be Restored.

The Eko Electricity Distribution Company In A Notice On Its Official Twitter Handle Confirmed That The Grid Collapse Occurred At About 11:27 Am.The Notice Reads In Part “Dear Customers, We Regret To Inform You Of A System Collapse On The National Grid At Precisely 11:27 Am Today, Wednesday, July 20. We Are In Talks With The Transmission Company Of Nigeria To Ascertain The Cause Of The Collapse And A Possible Restoration Timeline. We Will Keep You Updated On The Situation,” The Disco Said.

The Last Grid Collapse The Fifth In The Series This Year, Occurred On June 13.

The TCN Had On Tuesday, Alerted Nigerians That Power Supply Will Drop By 50 Megawatts Yesterday, Adding That The Drop Was As A Result Of Planned Annual “Preventive Maintenance” On The Line Bay At Lekki Transmission Substation In Lagos.



Darkness as Nigeria’s Electricity Grid Collapses Again, Sixth Time in 2022.

Major Nigerian Cities Including The Federal Capital Territory Were Thrown Into Darkness On Wednesday When The Country’s Electricity Grid Collapsed.

Electricity Distribution Companies Announced Wednesday That The Collapse Occurred At About 11:00 A.M.

Wednesday’s Incident Is The Sixth Reported Collapse In 2022.

The Government Blames Poor Management And Low Gas Supply As The Major Causes Of The Repeated Breakdown Of The Grid, Which Is Managed By The Transmission Company Of Nigeria.

The Electricity Distribution Companies Across Nigeria Get Their Electricity Supply From The National Grid.

The Eko Electricity Distribution Plc Informed Its Customers Of The Grid Collapse Via Facebook.

“Dear Customers, We Regret To Inform You Of A System Collapse On The National Grid At Precisely 11:27am Today, Wednesday July 20th. Https://Www.Premiumtimesng.Com/News/Headlines/543906-Darkness-As-Nigerias-Electricity-Grid-Collapses-Again-Sixth-Time-In-2022.Html


Total Blackout as Electricity Grid Crashes to Zero

The Entire Country Has Been Thrown Into A Blackout Following The Crashing Of The Nigerian Electricity Grid.

DAILY POST Learnt That The Grid Crashed To Zero Megawatts On Wednesday After It Developed A Fault.

The Development Is Coming A Few Weeks After A Similar Collapse Occurred On June 12 And Just 20 Days After The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Activated A Partial Contract Order For The Nigerian Electricity Market To Guarantee 5,000MW And At Least 4,000MW.

The Grid Went Blank For The Fifth Time In 2022 At About 12 Noon On Wednesday.

The Eko Electricity Distribution Company Made This Known In A Text Message Forwarded To Its Customers.

The Text Reads, “Dear Customers, We Regret To Inform You Of A System Collapse On The National Grid At Precisely 11:27 Am Today, Wednesday, July 20.



Nigeria’s Electricity Distribution Companies Reported N193 Billion Revenue in Q3 2021 – NERC

Nigeria’s 11 Electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) Generated N193.5 Billion In Combined Revenue For The Third Quarter Of Last Year, The Quarterly Report By The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Said.

The Document Released By The Regulator On Monday Showed The Power Firms Earned The Cash Out Of A Total Of N273 Billion They Projected From July Through September.

That Was N8.2 Billion Higher Than The Turnover For The Preceding Quarter, When A Revenue Ofn185.3 Billion.

The Q3 2021 Figure “Represents A Collection Efficiency Of 70.89 Percent As Compared To 68.9 Percent Recorded In 2021/Q2,” According To The NERC, Which Established Deployment Of Meters Through The National Mass Metering Programme Funded Through The Central Bank Of Nigeria And The Continuation Of The Meter Asset Provider (MAP) Scheme As The Main Drivers Of Performance.



EEDC Announces System Collapse in South-East

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) Has Announced A System Collapse In The South-East, Which Had Affected Supply In Its Franchise Areas In The Zone.

The Head, Corporate Communications, EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh, Disclosed This In A Statement On Wednesday In Enugu.

“EEDC Wishes To Inform Her Esteemed Customers That The Loss Of Supply Currently Being Experienced Is As A Result Of A General System Collapse Which Occurred At 11:27 A.M. Today, Wednesday, July 20.

“This Was Restored, But At 2:52 Pm Another Partial Collapse Occurred.

“As A Result, We Are Currently At Zero Allocation And Our Customers In Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu And Imo Are Out Of Supply,” He Said.

The EEDC Spokesman Said That “The Company Is On Standby, Awaiting Signal From The National Control Centre (NCC) For Restoration Of Supply”.



Ikeja, Benin, Enugu, PH DisCos Metered 50% Of Customers in Q3,2021

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), has 57.07 percent of electricity consumers in the country were still on estimated billing as of September 2021.

NERC in its Third Quarter Report 2021,says that only Ikeja, Benin, Enugu and Port Harcourt electricity Distribution Companies had metered over 50 percent of their customers as of the period

It disclosed that a total of 288,431 meters were installed in 2021/Q3 as compared to the 315,717 meters installed in 2021/Q2.



MOJEC Deepens Meter Supply Capacity Across 11 Discos

Mojec International Ltd., the leading meter manufacturer in sub-Saharan Africa has successfully delivered on its meter allocation across the Distribution companies in Nigeria.

This feat was achieved under the federal government initiated National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP). The NMMP was introduced by the federal government to provide prepaid meters for customers and ease the financial burden associated with meter acquisition.



Businesses Hit by Power Outage as National Grid Collapses — Seventh Time in 2022

Nigeria’s electricity grid has collapsed again, causing a blackout and affecting businesses and livelihoods across the nation.

In a message to customers, major electricity distribution companies (DisCos) said the national grid collapsed on Wednesday at about 11 am.

The incident comes 38 days after the national grid suffered a system failure on June 13.

“Dear Customers, we regret to inform you of a system collapse on the National grid at precisely 11:27 am today, Wednesday, July 20th. We are in talks with the Transmission Company of Nigeria to ascertain the cause of the collapse and a possible restoration timeline,” EEDC’s message reads.



Senate Passes Electricity Bill to Boost Power Distribution

The Senate, On Wednesday, Passed The Electricity Bill, 2022.

The Bill’s Passage Was Sequel To The Consideration Of A Report By The Committee On Power.

Chairman Of The Committee, Senator Gabriel Suswam (PDP, Benue North East), In His Presentation, Said The Bill Seeks To, Amongst Others, Provide An Ideal Legal And Institutional Framework To Leverage The Modest Gains Of The Privatisation Phase Of The Electric Power Sector In Nigeria.

He Added That When Signed Into Law, The Bill Would Improve Utilisation Of Generated Power Through Increased Investments In New Technologies To Enhance Transmission And Distribution Of Generated Power To Minimise Aggregate Value Chain Loses.

According To The Lawmaker, The Piece Of Legislation Would “Reinvigorate The Institutional Framework For The Reform Of The Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry Initiated And Implemented By The Federal Government.”



Senate Okays Electricity Bill to Boost Power Distribution

The Senate Wednesday, Passed The Electricity Bill, 2022 After Considering A Report By Its Committee On Power.

The Chairman Of The Committee, Senator Gabriel Suswam, Said The Bill Sought To Provide An Ideal Legal And Institutional Framework To Leverage On The Modest Gains Of The Privatisation Phase Of The Electricity Power Sector In Nigeria.

He Added That When Signed Into Law, The Bill Would Improve Utilisation Of Generated Power Through Increased Investments In New Technologies To Enhance Transmission And Distribution Of Generated Power To Minimise Aggregate Value Chain Loses.

He Said: “The Bill, When Signed Into Law, Will Open Up The Space In The Power Industry And Allows States Or Individuals With Capacities To Generate Their Own Power And Distribute.

“Since Electricity Is On The Concurrent List In The Constitution, The Bill Has Allowed State Governments To License People Who Intend To Operate Mini Grid Within The State.



Expert Seeks Long Term Master Plan for Electricity Sector Devt. In Nigeria

Mr Ifeoluwa Oyedele, Executive Director, Networks, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Of Nigeria (NDPHC), Has Advocated For A Long Time Master Plan For Development Of Electricity Sector In The Country.

Oyedele Stated This At An International Power Engineering Exhibition And Conference (IPECON), Held In Abuja On Wednesday.

The Conference, With The Theme: “Nigerian Electricity Power Industry In Crises: Separating ‘Undue’ Politics From Power Market”, Was Organised By Nigerian Institute Of Power Engineers (NIPE), In Partnership With Nile University Of Nigeria.

The Power Expert Said That The Master Plan Should Be Broken Down To A Five-Year Rolling Plan, With Practicable And Realisable Targets For Each Sector.

According To Him, Preparation For The Master Plan Should Be Carried Out, In Consultation With Policy Makers And Stakeholders In The Industry, Using International Best Practices.

“In Doing This, We Must Avoid Putting Up Jamboree And Blame Games.



Global Electricity Demand Slowing Sharply: IEA

Global Demand For Electricity Is Slowing Sharply This Year Due To Sluggish Economic Growth And Runaway Energy Prices And The Trend Will Likely Continue Next Year, The International Energy Agency Said Wednesday.

“Electricity Demand Growth Is Slowing Significantly In 2022,” The IEA Wrote In Its New Electricity Market Report.

“After Global Electricity Demand Grew By A Strong Six Percent In 2021, Propelled By Rapid Economic Recovery As Covid-19 Lockdowns Eased, We Expect Growth To Slow To 2.4 Percent In 2022 — About The Same As The Average From 2015 To 2019,” It Said.

“This Reflects Slower Global Economic Growth, Higher Energy Prices Following Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine, And Renewed Public Health Restrictions, Particularly In China.”

The Electricity Sector’s Carbon Emissions Were Set To Decline Slightly This Year, The Report Found.



Energy Crisis: Declare Emergency in Power Sector, Experts Urge FG

Power Sector Engineers Have Called On The Federal Government To Declare A State Of Emergency In Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, NESI, To Enable The Mobilization Of Resources To Tackle The Challenges Facing The Sector And To Allow Capital Punishment For Those Involved In The Vandalism Of Power Infrastructure.

Their Call Came On The Day The National Grid Collapsed For The Sixth Time In Seven Months Leaving Consumers Across The Country Without Public Power Supply.

Checks By Vanguard On Data Released By The National System Operator, A Unit Under The Transmission Company Of Nigeria, TCN, Showed That As At 4pm, Only Omoku (45.5MW) And Trans-Amadi (33.40MW) Were On The Grid As It Began A Gradual Recovery Process.



Huawei, TD Africa Launch Digital Power Solutions for Nigerian Market

Huawei Technologies, A Global Provider Of Information And Communications Technology (ICT) Infrastructure And Smart Devices Has Partnered With TD Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa’s Foremost Distributor Of Tech, Services And Lifestyle Products To Launch A Suite Of Revolutionary Digital Power Solutions Targeted At Various Categories Of Users For The Nigerian Market.

Speaking At The Event, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), TD Africa, Mrs. Chioma Ekeh Identified The Perennial Public Power Supply Challenge In Nigeria As An Opportunity For Huawei’s Digital Power Solutions.

Ekeh Referenced The Instability In The Global Crude Oil Market, Which Has Been Worsened By The Ongoing War In Ukraine, While Also Citing Environmental Concerns And Issues As Factors Necessitating A Shift Away From Fossil Fuels To Clean Energy.

In His Presentation, The Principal Consultant On Huawei Digital Power Technologies Co., Ltd In Nigeria, Justin Tinsey, Disclosed That The Launch Of The Company’s Digital Power Solution In Nigeria Was Motivated By The Desire To Drive Down Energy Costs.



Grid Collapse: Atiku Proposes $20 Billion Infrastructure Debt Fund for The Financing Of Power, Other Sectors.

The Presidential Candidate Of The Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar Has Reacted To News Of Another Power Blackout In Nigeria. The Former Vice President Stated That His Administration Will Launch A $20 Billion Consortium Of Private Sector Institutions To Establish An Infrastructure Debt Fund (IDF) To Primarily Mobilise Domestic And International Private Resources For The Financing And Delivery Of Large Infrastructure Projects.

Atiku Disclosed This In A Statement On Twitter On Wednesday Evening Following A Recent Power Blackout As A Result Of The Collapse Of The National Grid.

Nairametrics Reported A Day Ago That The Eko Electricity Distribution Confirmed That The Latest Grid Incident Occurred At Around 11.27am, Wednesday, July 20, 2022.

He Said, “I Am Reliably Informed That There Was A Total National Grid Collapse At Precisely 12:23pm Today. This Is One Collapse Too Many. It Is The 6th Time This Is Happening This Year Alone.”

He Added That Due To The Priority That He Places On The Power Sector Upon Which The Successes Of Other Sectors Are Hinged, “I Am Proposing Innovative Financing Of Infrastructure That Will Involve The Facilitation Of A Review Of The Financial, Legal, And Regulatory Environment To Promote Private Investment In Power, Among Other Sectors.



Norwegian Re Developer Reveals Progress On Solar Projects in South Africa

Scatec ASA, A Norwegian Renewables Developer, Has Revealed That It Has Attained Financial Close On And Commenced The Construction Of Three Solar-Plus-Storage Projects In South Africa. The Projects Have A Joint Output Capacity Of 504 MW.

The Three Kenhardt Projects In The Northern Cape Province Will Be Realised Under South Africa’s Risk Mitigation Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RMIPPPP). They Are To Include 225 MW/1,140 Mwh Of Battery Storage Capacity. Under A 20-Year Contract, The Projects Will Supply 150 MW Of Dispatchable Power To The Kenhardt Region.

Scatec Committed To Investing ZAR 16.4 Billion Into The Three Projects, Making It The Company’s Largest Capital Expenditure. Being The Project Developer And An Engineering, Procurement And Construction (EPC) Contractor, The Oslo-Based Company Estimates The Value Of This Work At About ZAR 13.7 Billion.





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