TCN confirms shutdown of national grid

TCN confirms shutdown of national grid

By Constance Athekame, Abuja.


The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on Wednesday said that the national grid had been shut down, following the industrial dispute by the two in-house workers’ unions in the company.


This is contained in a statement by the TCN’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mrs Ndidi Mbah, in Abuja.


Mbah said that the grid was shut down by the unions, even as efforts were being made to resolve the issues leading to the action.


Mbah said that the incident occurred at 3:01 p.m. on Wednesday, after several 330kV transmission lines and 33 Kilovolt (kV) feeder-lines across the power system network had been switched off by members of the unions.


“This resulted in generation-load imbalance and multiple voltage escalations at critical stations and substations.


She noted that this was coming weeks after the company had come out of a hectic grid management regime, occasioned by paucity of electricity generation that lingered for a couple of months.


“Coupled with the stream of interventions by the Ministry of Power and other stakeholders in the Value Chain, grid generation (at peak) had reached 4,830.69 Megawatts (MW), as at Tuesday,” she said.


Mbah said that in spite of the setback, TCN was set to restore the grid as quickly as possible.


The spokesperson said that the Ministry of Power and the Ministry of Labour and Employment were currently meeting with the union officials, with a view to resolving the issues.


She said that the Nigerian electricity supply industry appreciated the understanding of its customers within and outside the country.


Mbah said that enduring mechanisms were being instituted to avert a situation of this kind to further worsen.

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