The management of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) on Sunday apologized to its consumers over the irregular power supply. This comes after a series of national grid collapse that surprisingly rocked the entire country, leading to total blackout in major parts of the country.
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General Manager Corporate Communications, Mr Godwin Idemudia, said the epileptic supply was due to last week’s system collapse on the national grid. The General Manager said for the past five days, power supply to electricity consumers under Eko Disco has been epileptic.
“Until Generation goes up, there is nothing we can do now because National Grid (NG) is the only source of our supply. “We feel your pains. “We are, therefore, appealing to customers to bear with us, as supply will be restored as soon as these repairs are concluded. “EKEDC highly regrets any inconveniences caused by this irregular supply,” he said.
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January 2nd, 2018 the country experienced two national grid failure within the space of 16 hours, throwing the country into a nationwide blackout. The first collapse was as a result of a fire incident on Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Ltd (NGPTC’s) Escravos Lagos Pipeline System, which supplies gas to plants generating 3,182 Mega Watt (MW), while the second collapse was majorly a ripple effect of the first collapse. Six power plants were affected and completely shut down, they include; Egbin 1,320MW; Olorunsogo National Integrated Power Plant (NIPP) 676MW; Olorunsogo 338MW; Omotosho NIPP 450MW; Omotosho 338 MW and Paras 60MW power stations.
The Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, had confirmed the collapse and the shutdown of gas supply to the plants, describing the incident as a setback to the power sector. Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in a statement made it known to consumers that after the second collapse, the company had made laudable efforts in stabilizing the grid and restoring transmission. TCN noted that their engineers coupled with engineers from the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation (NNPC) are currently on ground to savage the situation.