September 26, 2022

NIGERIA: The National Grid Collapsed On Monday Leaving Many Parts Of The Country Without Power. The 6th Time This Year Alone Under President Buhari Rule Who Is ALSO The Petroleum Minister.

TVC News Nigeria published September 26, 2022: National Grid Collapses Again, Lagos State, Others In Blackout.

Major cities in Nigeria including the commercial nerve centre Lagos and nation’s capital Abuja are experiencing blackout for the umpteenth time this year.

Major electricity distribution companies, in different notices to customers, said the national grid collapsed at about 11 am today.

Head of corporate communications, Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, Emeka Ezeh, said the system collapse caused outage in the entire South-East states of Anambra, Enugu, Abia, Imo, and Ebonyi.

Ikeja Electric said the situation has affected the Transmission Stations within its network and resulted in the loss of power supply to customers. The discos are now apologizing to their customers over the development and assuring them that power will return once the grid is restored.
Reuters News
written by MacDonald Dzirutwe
Monday September 26, 2022

LAGOS - Nigeria's national electricity grid collapsed on Monday leaving many parts of the country without power, electricity distribution companies said.

The grid has collapsed at least four times this year, which authorities blame on technical problems. Last month workers from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) went on strike and temporarily shut the grid.

Electricity distribution firms, known as Discos, said the outage happened earlier on Monday and they were working with TCN to restore supplies. They did not state the cause of the outage.

Nigeria has installed capacity of 12,500 megawatts but produces about a quarter of that, leaving many Nigerians and businesses reliant on diesel-powered generators. Diesel prices have soared since the start of the year.

The nation's sclerotic power grid, and its precarious energy supply, are often cited by businesses as a key issue hindering growth in Africa's most populous country.

IZIZI MEDIA published September 26, 2022: DARKNESS GRIPS NIGERIA AS THE NATIONAL GRID COLLAPSE FOR THE 6TH TIME IN 2022. Blackout as national grid collapses again. Nigeria’s electricity national grid has collapsed again, the 6th time this year. The last national system collapse was recorded on the 13th of June 2022.
written by Alex Kimani
Monday September 26, 2022

Nigeria's national electricity grid woes show no signs of abating with the grid collapsing again on Monday, leaving many parts of the country without power. Nigeria’s national power grid has collapsed at least four times this year, with the authorities blaming technical problems for the breakdowns.

A month ago, workers from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) went on strike, temporarily shutting the grid. Nigeria has an installed capacity of 12,500 megawatts but only manages to produce about a quarter of that thus forcing many Nigerians and businesses to rely on diesel-powered generators. Back in July, the grid suffered another meltdown, with national output crashing from 3,921.8 megawatts to a mere 50MW.

As is the case in many African countries, Nigeria’s decrepit energy supply has been a key obstacle for economic growth in Africa's most populous country. Nigeria’s power and energy sectors are currently in very bad shape, with the country facing a record reduction in oil production. Indeed, as per OPEC reports, Nigeria has dropped from being Africa's largest oil producer to fourth place, behind Angola, Algeria and Libya with theft and sabotage at production sites hampering output.

Last month, Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCGROUP) CEO Melee Kyari revealed that Nigeria is losing nearly all the oil output at oil hub Bonny, the town after which its premium oil grade Bonny Light is named. Bonny Light is a light-sweet crude oil grade produced in Nigeria, and an important benchmark crude for all West African crude production. Bonny Light has particularly good gasoline yields, which has made it a popular crude for U.S. refiners, particularly on the U.S. East Coast.

Relying largely on estimates, the NNPCL and the ministry of petroleum have variously put the total quantity of barrels stolen at between 200,000 to 400,000 per day. Those are enormous figures considering that Nigeria only managed to produce 1.083 million b/d in the month of July, way below its OPEC quota of 1.8 million b/d.

With a barrel of Bonny Light currently changing hands at $87.60, Nigeria is losing billions of dollars every year to oil theft. Back in June, NNPC revealed that it had lost $1B from oil theft in the first quarter of 2022 alone, with Shell Plc. (NYSE: SHEL) subsidiaries in the country claiming that illegal seizures now pose an existential threat to the entire market.
NedMedia published Nigeria Secret $20B Nuclear Program. Do you know that Nigeria has two functional nuclear reactors?
written by Staff
March 17, 2022

The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Agency has opened bidding for the construction of a 4 GW nuclear plant, which will provide close to one third of Nigeria’s installed generating capacity.

According to the Director General of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Agency Yau Idris, the four-reactor nuclear power plant will add a crucial 4GW of capacity to the country’s energy supply and serve as a key initiative by the Nigerian government to diversify its energy mix, ensure energy security and address power outages.

Since 2009, the government of Nigeria has embarked on multiple collaborations with various stakeholders including the Russian government for the purpose of developing nuclear-powered plants to meet the country’s energy needs. Notably, the Russian-Nigerian Joint Coordination Committee on National Atomic Energy was established in 2009 with the aim to complete a nuclear plant in Nigeria by 2020. The Committee was, however, reconstituted in July 2021 to enable the development of the Geregu and Itu nuclear power stations in central and southern Nigeria, respectively, at a total cost of $20 billion.

In partnership with Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation, Rosatom, the Nigerian government had also planned to build four nuclear stations with a total cost of $80 billion in 2016. In addition, agreements were signed with Pakistan, France and South Korea to construct nuclear stations, however, none of the planned projects have thus far materialized and the west African country continues to witness power outages.

On March 14, Nigeria suffered a country-wide outage which was due to the inability of power generating companies to meet the required demand. However, IfeOluwa Oyedele, the Executive Director of utility, Niger Delta Power Holding Company flagged that the challenge is with the country’s aging transmission and distribution infrastructure. Oyedele further outlined that Nigeria’s current transmission and distribution system only has the capacity to hold up to 5 GW of electricity but anything above that would result in the grid collapsing.

written by Staff
March 18, 2022

The Director General of the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA), Yau Idris, said that agreements had been signed with a number of other countries' regulators as plans proceed for a proposed four unit plant.

Speaking at the Nigerian International Energy Summit in Abuja earlier this month, Idris said that Nigeria had had a small nuclear research reactor in operation for 18 years "so if anyone tells you Nigeria can’t manage a nuclear power plant - they are just telling you a story".

"There are mechanisms put in place worldwide whereby any country that has the capacity can build a nuclear power plant and Nigeria has gone far on this," he said.

"Nigeria is trying to deliver 4000 MW of electricity through nuclear power. We are planning to construct four units and currently we are at the bidding phase of the nuclear power programme in Nigeria," he said.

The country had been seeking to diversify its energy mix since the 1970s, and he estimated that the extra 4000 MW would increase Nigeria’s generating capacity to about 13,000 MW.

He said that agreements relating to the power plant project had been signed with South Korea, France, Russia and India, with the NNRA also having agreements on cooperation and training with regulators in the USA, Pakistan, South Korea and Russia.

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