BREAKING: Blackout looms as electricity grid suffers collapse, blackout worsens

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The national electricity grid has suffered another system collapse, worsening the blackout being experienced in parts of the country.

The collapse, which occurred around 11.00 am on Wednesday, was confirmed by two of the country’s electricity distribution companies, Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc and Kaduna Electric, in separate messages to their customers.

Kaduna Electric, on Twitter, said: “We regret to inform you that the power outage currently being experienced across our franchise – Kaduna, Sokoto, Kebbi, and the Zamfara States – is as a result of the collapse of the national grid.”

Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc, in a text message to its customers, said, “Dear customer, there is a partial system collapse on the national grid. Our TCN partners are working to restore supply immediately. Please bear with us.”

The grid, which is being managed by the government-owned Transmission companies of Nigeria, has continued to suffer system collapse over the years amid a lack of spinning reserve that is meant to forestall such occurrences.

Spinning reserve is the generation capacity that is online but unloaded and that can respond within 10 minutes to compensate for generation or transmission outages.

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