The Nigerian electricity grid crashed to zero megawatts in the early hours of today, throwing the entire country into an unanticipated blackout.
The grid went blank for the fifth time in 2022 at about 12 noon on Wednesday, after it developed a fault.
In a text message forwarded to its customers, the Eko Electricity Distribution Company however assured that communication is ongoing with the transmission company to ascertain the cause and possible restoration of electricity.
The text reads, “Dear customers, we regret to inform you of a system collapse on the national grid at precisely 11:27 am today, Wednesday, July 20.
“We are in talks with the Transmission Company of Nigeria to ascertain the cause of the collapse and a possible restoration timeline”.
The development is coming a few weeks after a similar collapse occurred on June 12 and just 20 days after the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) activated a partial contract order for the Nigerian electricity market to guarantee 5,000MW and at least 4,000MW.