Within a space of about 16 hours, the country’s electricity grid collapsed twice, leaving many parts of the country in total blackout.
It was learnt that the first collapse of the power transmission grid occurred on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at about 10.20pm, while the second happened at 2.19pm on Wednesday.
Senior officials of the Transmission Company of Nigeria told said that the first collapse contributed largely to the second shutdown, as the country lost about 3,000 megawatts of electricity due to the incidents
The first grid collapse was due to a fire incident on the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System of the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Limited.
It was gathered that the fire outbreak on the ELP, a natural gas pipeline that supplies gas from the Escravos region of the Niger Delta area to Lagos, would affect the supply of gas to three states in the South-West.