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Nigeria power grid collapses again

  • 2 months ago (2023-09-20)
  • David Flin
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Nigeria is in the grip and another widespread blackout as the country’s power grid collapsed catastrophically for the third time in five days.

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Power on the grid fell from a peak of 3594.60 MW to 42.7 MW at midday on 19 September, with just two power plants – Delta and Afam – contributing.

The collapse of the power grid resulted in a massive loss of supply to power distributors across the country. Customers in Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo states were without electricity.

Nigeria’s Prime Minister, Adebayo Adelabu, announced that the federal government plans to invest $20 billion in new power plants and transmission lines. He said: “The Nigerian Government is actively advancing the power sector through various measures. With a $20 billion investment plan, new power plants and transmission lines are set to be established to boost power generation and grid stability.” He said that the mid- and long-term power generation targets are 30 GW by 2030 and 60 GW by 2060.