The Federal Government of Nigeria is facing severe criticism from power consumers as the nation grapples with recurring power grid collapses.
Touchaheart Nigeria reports that the recent blackout on September 14, 2023, was attributed to a fire incident and explosion on the Kainji/Jebba 330kV line 2, according to the government.
However, consumers are frustrated with what they perceive as unending excuses despite the privatization of the power generation and distribution sectors in 2013.
A Pattern of Instability
The blackout on September 14 marked yet another instance of a nationwide power grid collapse.
The grid collapsed entirely around 12.40 am, leading to a massive loss of power supply to consumers across Nigeria.
This incident followed another collapse earlier in the day, leaving the entire country without public power supply.
This instability is not a new phenomenon, as Nigeria has experienced several grid collapses over the years.
Government’s Loan Efforts
Under the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria secured substantial loans, totaling approximately $7.5 billion, to improve its power transmission infrastructure and address grid instability.
These loans came from international organizations like the World Bank, the African Development Bank, and the Islamic Development Bank, as well as the government of Japan. Despite these loans, power grid collapses have persisted.
Calls for Renewable Energy
Some experts and stakeholders in the energy sector are advocating for a shift towards renewable energy sources.
They argue that investing in clean energy, such as solar, wind, and thermal power, can provide a more stable and sustainable solution to Nigeria’s power generation challenges.
Countries like Germany have successfully harnessed solar energy, producing thousands of megawatts, while Nigeria struggles to determine its exact power production capacity.
The Need for Technical Solutions
Experts emphasize the need for technical solutions to address the root causes of grid instability.
One key aspect is the implementation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system, which can enhance the efficiency of the transmission network.
Additionally, improving the distribution network and maintaining a balance between power generation and consumption in real-time are critical steps in preventing grid collapses.
Consumers in Nigeria are growing increasingly frustrated with the recurring grid collapses.
They argue that until the fundamental issues causing these collapses are addressed, the recent claims of grid stability by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) will remain questionable.
Low generation, low load dispatch, and low energy utilization are factors contributing to the ongoing power supply challenges.
What You Should Know
The recent power grid collapses in Nigeria have once again highlighted the need for a comprehensive and sustainable solution to the country’s energy challenges.
While loans and efforts have been made to improve the power infrastructure, the root causes of grid instability must be addressed to provide reliable electricity to the Nigerian population.
Renewable energy sources and technical enhancements like the SCADA system could play pivotal roles in achieving a stable and consistent power supply.