Transmission Company of Nigeria, gives reasons for nationwide blackout


The Transmission Company of Nigeria, (TCN), has explained the reason why many parts of the country experienced blackouts at the weekend.

The agency, which has the sole responsibility of transmitting generated power, in a statement yesterday said there were shortages in gas supply which led to significant reduction in power generation and distribution.

It, however, said there was no total blackout.

The shortages affected over half a dozen power generating facilities across the country.

Ndidi Mbah, spokesperson for TCN, said a gas pipeline rupture was reported by the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) on June 15.

Shell Nigeria gas wells also developed fault on June 16, causing a drop of 1,087 megawatts in national grid generation.

Power stations that have been shut down to various faults include the Ihovbor, Azura Edo, Omotosho gas, Geregu gas, Olorunsogo gas, Sapele and the Egbin Power Station. Egbin generates 60 megawatts on each of its units, losing a total of 211 megawatts. Also, Afam VI power station was shut down to enable Shell resolve the damage to its gas wells.