There was a widespread blackout in some parts of the country on Tuesday when Nigeria’s power transmission grid collapsed.
A statement by the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, made available to our correspondent confirmed this.
According to the statement, the grid collapsed as a result of a fire incident on the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System of the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Limited.
The statement noted that the pipeline that supplied gas to six thermal stations were shut down immediately, which of course led to the total blackout.
The collapse happened at about 10:20pm on Tuesday and the ministry responded quickly, including sending a press statement out around 12:44am on Wednesday.
It said, “The incident requires a shutdown of the pipeline supplying gas to Olorunsogo NIPP 676MW, Egbin 1,320megawatts; Olorunsogo 338MW; Omotosho NIPP 450MW; Omotosho 338 MW; and Paras 60MW power stations.