There was blackout in some parts of Nigeria on Tuesday night after the country’s power transmission grid collapsed due to a fire incident on the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System of the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Limited.
The incident led to a shutdown of the pipeline that supplies gas to six thermal power plants – Egbin 1,320MW; Olorunsogo NIPP 676MW, Olorunsogo 338MW, Omotosho NIPP 450MW, Omotosho 338 MW and Paras 60MW – which prompted the collapse of the country’s electricity grid at 10:20pm on Tuesday.
The Office of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing made this known in a statement issued around 12:44am on Wednesday.
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 Ltd reported a fire incident on its Escravos Lagos Pipeline System near Okada, Edo State on Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
It said, “The incident requires a shutdown of the pipeline supplying gas to Egbin 1,320megawatts; Olorunsogo NIPP 676MW; Olorunsogo 338MW; Omotosho NIPP 450MW; Omotosho 338 MW; 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 January 2018. The national transmission grid is owned and operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria.”
Most of Nigeria’s power generation is from thermal power stations that require gas for fuel.
It would be recalled, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) had recently, announced an increase in the national peak level from 5,155.9MW to 5,222.3MWs.