Goddy Jedy-Agba, the Minister of State for Power, claims that there have been no grid failures this year.
He asserted that there had merely been disturbances, not a collapse.
Mr. Jedy-Agba made this statement on Thursday during his testimony before the House of Representatives Committee on Power about the ongoing inquiry into the frequent outages of the national grid.
According to reports, the system meltdown caused four total blackouts throughout the nation this year.
The minister outlined how a disturbance may result in a blackout.
So, please note that while there have been disturbances this year that may have resulted in blackouts, a blackout itself does not constitute a collapse.
“We’ve had four of these this year, but they haven’t collapsed; instead, they’ve caused havoc.
And interruptions have occurred as a result of human reasons, he said. These human factors may include political, economic, or other factors.
Some of the problems this year’s been attributed to, according to Mr. Jedy-Agba, the lack of gas supply.
“The supply of gas has been an issue, but we are already addressing it because of conversations with NNPC and Nigerian Gas Corporation. The minister stated, “We are reaching an agreement, and gas is now routinely flowing to the producing businesses and we are seeing a steady increment in generation.
TCN and GenCos differ.
Electrical generation companies (GenCos), however, attributed the persistent failure of the country’s electricity infrastructure to shoddy transmission lines.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), according to Joy Ogaji, executive secretary of the association of power generation businesses, is unable to handle the load.
She described how the transmission cables frequently experience volatility, which results in interruptions. She continued by saying that GENCOs frequently transmit load utilizing their infrastructure.
“There are service interruptions due to DISCOS’ inability to handle the load, weak grid conditions forcing equipment disruption, TCN radial lines…
most TCN lines are radial, not double circuit, limiting the system’s redundancy and increasing system instability, inadequate and outdated infrastructure to meet demands, transmission and distribution manned by insufficient engineers and technicians, poor communication and coordination of activities between TCN a
Speaking in his own right, Sule Abdulaziz, the managing director of Transmission Company of Nigeria, refuted the minister’s claim that the national grid had crashed four times in 2022.
Nigeria’s transmission capacity is 8,100 megawatts, he continued.
“This is what we presented. We have four system collapses, followed by two partial collapses.
“We have a 8,100 megawatt capacity for transmission. There is never a day when a generation business will claim that TCN is unable to evacuate the megawatts they have produced.
If there is ever a day when we are unable to evacuate it, we are daring generation firms to come out, the man added.
Following the presentations, the committee’s chairman, Magaji Aliyu (APC, Jigawa), announced that a technical committee would be formed to draft a report for the House.
As a result, he called the meeting to adjourn sine die.