Title: National Grid Collapse in Nigeria Caused by Fire Outbreak, Says Power Minister
In a recent announcement, Adebayo Adelabu, Nigeria’s Minister of Power, revealed that a fire outbreak was responsible for the nationwide blackout that occurred last Thursday. The incident, which occurred at the Kainji/Jebba power station in the North-central region, led to a significant loss of power supply to distributors across the country. Adelabu assured the public that efforts are underway to restore power as quickly as possible.
Details of the Incident:
According to Adelabu, the fire outbreak occurred at around 12:40 a.m. on Thursday, causing a complete collapse of the national grid. He explained that the fire was observed on the Kainji/Jebba 330kV line 2, specifically on the blue phase CVT and blue phase line isolator. As a result of the incident, the frequency dropped sharply from 50.29Hz to 49.67Hz, and the Jebba generation experienced a loss of 356.63MW, ultimately leading to the grid’s collapse.
Restoration Efforts and Updates:
The Minister of Power assured the public that restoration efforts are well underway. The fire has been fully contained, and over half of the connections have already been restored. Adelabu emphasized the importance of completing the restoration work promptly, to prevent any economic or security sabotage. He also explained that the deliberate delay in providing updates was to avoid causing panic and to ensure accurate reporting on the progress of remedial actions taken thus far.
Preventing Future Grid Collapses:
This incident highlights the vulnerability of the national grid and the need for proactive measures to prevent such occurrences in the future. It is crucial for the government and relevant stakeholders to invest in robust infrastructure, regular maintenance, and effective monitoring systems to ensure the stability and reliability of the power supply.
The recent nationwide blackout in Nigeria, caused by a fire outbreak at the Kainji/Jebba power station, has revealed the fragility of the national grid. The Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, has assured the public that restoration efforts are underway and that measures will be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future. This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of investing in a resilient and reliable power infrastructure to support the country’s development and economic growth.
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