Nigeria suffers widespread blackouts after electricity grid fails

PUBLISHED: Mon, 26 Sep 2022 17:23:36 GMT
MacDonald Dzirutwe
Reuters
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FILE PHOTO: Electric wires are pictured in Ojuelegba district in Nigeria’s commercial capital Lagos, Nigeria June 18, 2018. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye/File Photo

LAGOS, Sept 26 (Reuters) – 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. Read full story

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.

(Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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