One year after Muhammadu Buhari claimed to have been elected as the president of Nigeria, Nigeria’s power generation collapsed completely on Thursday (March 31, 2016) at exactly 12:58 pm to zero (0) megawatt and this persisted for about three hours.
According to report by Punch News, “Data from the country’s System Operator (SO) showed that around 1:00 pm on Thursday, no power generation company in Nigeria produced a single megawatt of electricity.”
The Industry operators who spoke to Punch News stated “that as a result of the complete collapse, no electricity distribution company received load allocation beginning from when the collapse was recorded up till around 3:00 pm.”
Punch News reported that “the SO stated that the 11 distribution companies got zero electricity load allocation during the period of the collapse, meaning that for about three hours on Thursday no part of Nigeria got power supply from the national grid.”
However, the Punch reporter gathered that the electricity supply was restored around 3:00 pm.
Further detail of the incident is as follows:
“Out of the 450 MW that was due Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, the Disco only got about 50MW when the situation began to improve. Before the collapse, AEDC got an allocation of 257.97MW and the nationwide generation level stood at 2,243.2MW,” Punch News wrote.