Residents of Lagos Mainland communities as well as other parts of the country witnessed power blackout as a result of the country’s electricity grid that collapsed twice within a space of about 16 hours.
It was learnt that the first collapse of the power transmission grid occurred on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at about 10.20pm, while the second happened at 2.19pm on Wednesday, January 3, 2017.
Senior officials of the Transmission Company of Nigeria who spoke on the development said that the first collapse contributed largely to the second shutdown, as the country lost about 3,000 megawatts of electricity due to the incidents.
The first grid collapse was due to a fire incident on the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System of the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Limited.
It was gathered that the fire outbreak on the ELP, a natural gas pipeline that supplies gas from the Escravos region of the Niger Delta area to Lagos, would affect the supply of gas to three states in the South-West.
According to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, gas supply to Lagos, Ogun and Ondo states will be affected as a result of the fire outbreak on the ELP.
The ministry said it was regrettable that after a sustained period of increasing production and distribution of power since September 2017 to date, the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company reported a fire incident on its Escravos Lagos Pipeline System near Okada, Edo State on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
“The incident requires a shutdown of the pipeline supplying gas to Egbin, 1,320 megawatts; Olorunsogo NIPP, 676MW; Olorunsogo, 338MW; Omotosho NIPP, 450MW; Omotosho, 338MW; and Paras, 60MW, power stations.
“The sudden loss of generation due to interruption in gas supply from these stations caused the national transmission grid to trip off around 20:20 on 2nd of January, 2018. The national transmission grid is owned and operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria,” the body said.