Barely one week after Nigeria was thrown into darkness, the national electricity grid has collapsed again.
Power generation has reportedly dropped from a peak of 3,594.60 megawatts (MW) at about 1am on Tuesday morning to a meagre 42.7MW.
According to Guardian, only Delta Power plant was active on the grid with 41.00MW as at 12noon while Afam had 1.7MW.
This comes barely five days after the grid collapsed twice within a space of more than 12 hours leaving the nation in total darkness.
Politics Nigeria recalls that electricity supply was restored in Nigeria hours after a nationwide blackout on that Thursday due to the collapse of the national grid operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) from Osogbo in Osun State.
Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, blamed the drop in power supply on the explosion at Kainji/Jebba station.
The minister disclosed this in a series of tweets on X platform while assuring that all hands are on deck to ensure speedy restoration of the power.
He said: “At 00:35Hrs this morning, fire outbreak with explosion sound was observed on Kainji/Jebba 330kV line 2 (Cct K2J) blue phase CVT & Blue phase line Isolator of Kainji/Jebba 330kV line1 was observed burning. This led to sharp drops in frequency from 50.29Hz to 49.67 Hz at 0:35:06Hrs with Jebba generation loss of 356.63MW.
“We are on top of the situation and speedy restoration is in progress. The fire has been fully arrested and over half of the connections are now up and the rest will be fully restored in no time. My sincere appreciation to those who responded or expressed concern via different,” he added.