Head, Corporate Communications, Ikeja Electric Plc, Felix Ofulue, has confirmed the system collapse of the National Grid on Tuesday, as the second in less than 48 hours.
The national power grid earlier experienced system crash on Monday, causing a loss of 1,100 megawatts from a 3,700mw peak generation earlier recorded and throwing the country into nationwide power outage.
Confirming the development to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday, Ofulue said that the collapse of the grid occured at 5.10 p.m.
Accordingly, a text message sent out to residents read: “Dear esteemed customers, we would like to inform you of another system collapse on the national grid which occurred at 5:10 p.m today (Tuesday).
“We are monitoring the situation and will continue to provide updates. Once again we apologise for the inconvenience,” Eko DisCo said in a statement.
The grid, which is being managed by 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.
Many states across the country, including Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory have been thrown into darkness and residents have urged the government to ensure that power supply is restored soon.