126 times Power grid have failed in seven years

• Govt justifies disaster, says grid collapse worldwide issue
•’ Privatise TCN, decentralise grid’
• GenCos, DisCos count losses Nigeria’s Osogbo based national energy power system has failed electricity customers for more than 126 times since the nation’s power market was privatised in 2013.


Though the Federal Government owned Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) describes the situation to be an ordinary worldwide occurrence, the collapse of the power cord, every time it happens, includes a large financial loss for customers, particularly commercial entities.

World Economic Forum’s information which measured grid related functionality under the power Architecture Performance Index (EAPI) for 2017, nonetheless, ranked Nigeria 110th among 127 nations. African countries as Congo, Sudan, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Cameroon, South Africa, Ghana, and Namibia were ranked more effective, in terminology of system performance, compared to Nigeria.

Information from the TCN suggest from November one, 2013, to December 2020, the quantity of captured complete power grid problems was eighty four, even though the power grid partially collapsed forty three times.

Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), the umbrella body of distribution companies, had decried repeated method collapse, blaming the situation on the out, analog device being utilized by the TCN.

Dr Joy Ogaji, Executive Secretary in the Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC), decried the influence on the chaos and energy infrastructure it makes in the type of financial setbacks for activities in clinics, airports, and some.

Currently, the improvement has left large distrust in the energy sector, as most company bodies now deploy off grid fixes, which includes power generating sets to get away from the impacts of chronic failure, particularly on vital equipment.

Though the speed of collapse has decreased post privatisation, as data from TCN’s System Operator (SO) demonstrated that hundred nine grid failures occurred from 2010 to 2013, stakeholders insisted that we had absolutely no justification for grid disaster at all.

They emphasized the demand for government to sometimes privatise TCN or even unbundle it to produce space for purchase, as they blamed the prevailing situation on very poor infrastructure as well as failing to control modern-day engineering.

In the midst of the outcry from stakeholders that had voted for the decentralised grid, Nigeria’s electricity grid yesterday experienced several tripping, resulting in some other method collapse, the reason behind because it is often a blame shifting problem between TCN and also the DisCos. TCN had especially accused DisCos of shedding the allocated power load. Pros relate the factors to an imbalance in the load process, bad infrastructure, and lack of maintenance.

Director of Advocacy and Research, at ANED, Sunday Oduntan had mentioned that not enough regular power safety gear throughout transmission substations stayed the main cause of the collapse.

There’s an alleged imbalance between supply as well as power generation, meaning the amount of load actually being produced remains higher than what could be wheeled to end-users. The struggle demands continuous checks to hold the device in command.

Ogaji stated specialized, business, and financial consequences of regular grid collapses not just harm devices, but additionally boost maintenance expense of machinery, near 3 times the standard costs.

“The GenCos in signing the contracts for the machines of theirs likewise signed the amount of times their machines will make stops, that is an average of twenty stops in 12 months, as recognised by the Multi Year Tariff Order and Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company. Regrettably, on account of the present method collapses, ramp in place and also ramp down directions of the device Operator, the devices makeover 365 stops annually with occasionally a lot more than a single stop in a day,” Ogaji believed.

This particular improvement, based on her, results in additional investments for broken devices without a rise in grow capability, defective gasoline management valves as a result of put on as well as tear, extra downtime of the generating devices, cracks on exhaust sleeves, cool cycles and abnormal heating of hot gasoline path pieces that’s fatigue injury, cracks on ceramic tiles of the combustion chamber, malfunctioning of Electrical settings and shielding relays as well as others.

Talking on the situation in Abuja, the Acting Managing Chief and Director Executive Officer of TCN, Sule Ahmed Abdulaziz stated grid collapse happens in each and every nation, insisting that Nigeria’s situation shouldn’t be overplayed.

“Since I came to office, we’ve accomplished a plenty of enhancements, like the conclusion of substations. Generally there hasn’t been a program collapse except the person which occurred on Sunday about 11:40 am plus it’s among probably the fastest method collapse restoration; simply because, within 40minutes, we could handle the problem initially in Abuja, subsequently various other states.

“What I would like you to realize is the fact that in each and every nation there’s method collapse, probably the most crucial factor will be the path as well as fashion it’s being addressed,” he mentioned.

Abdulaziz blamed division businesses for the erratic power cord in the nation, saying: “We are competent to evacuate all of the energy produced in this nation. The problem we’ve is the division companies.”

PricewaterhouseCoopers’s Associate Director, Resources, Utilities, and Energy, Habeeb Jaiyeola, that linked the problem on the balance of power required by the DisCos as well as energy produced by the GenCos, stated enormous amounts of naira was becoming sacrificed whenever the method collapsed. Based on him, the point that Nigeria had extra generating capabilities over existing off-take by DisCos needs several ramp down by GenCos to avoid extra supply on the power grid.

Jaiyeola observed the scenario calls for extremely rigid monitoring as absence of such might result in the collapse of the power system, including that gear malfunction because of obsolescence or maybe maintenance gaps might likewise cause collapse. He mentioned the economic effect of the situation remained very substantial, considering the power cord had stayed perpetually epileptic.

“The private and public sector experience a few levels of fiscal damage whenever the power cord is cut, along with a grid collapse, the simplicity of restoration may not be fast thus bringing about increased monetary losses. The regular ramp down of the GenCos power plants also results in shortening the useful life of theirs as an outcome of increased use and tear, that has damaging fiscal implications to the GenCos,” he said.

Jaiyeola added the willing customer willing seller idea calls for contract negotiations, which might lead to fiscal penalties for the power vendors whenever a grid collapse takes place.

The stakeholder known as for proper buy in the national power grid infrastructure to avoid power grid collapse as an outcome of out equipment.

He was hopeful the Siemens offer, signed by other efforts and the government of the Federal Government will resolve several of the problems.

Managing Director of Aquivis, Jimi Kolawole, said the government should follow today’s technology and privatise the transmission provider to get new financial investment that could assist to maintain the system.

“The infrastructure is older, there is a necessity for an improvement. We likewise have to deploy technology, particularly on the 33/kva lines,” Kolawole believed.

“The losses in terminology of economic pursuits run into vast amounts of naira. No one depends on the power grid anymore, industries are searching for the own off grid fixes of theirs.

“Going ahead, the federal government has to examine privatising TCN,” he added.