National grid collapse: Vandalism on transmission tower caused blackout - FG

The federal government has said that the recent nationwide blackout was caused by the vandalisation of a transmission power in the south-south region of the country. 

 

This is coming after the ministry of power said a detailed investigation into the recurring grid collapse was ongoing.

 

Isa Sanusi, media spokesperson of the ministry of power in a statement released on Saturday April 9, said the recent grid collapse has been traced to Odukpani-Ikot Ekpene 330kV double circuit transmission line.

 

The statement read; 

 

“Further to our earlier press release, we wish to apprise the general public that the immediate cause of national blackout (system collapse) was an act of vandalism on a transmission tower on the Odukpani-Ikot Ekpene 330kV double circuit transmission line thus resulting in a sudden loss of about 400 MW of generation.

“This consequently led to a cascade of plants shutdown across the country.

“We wish to notify the public that power on the grid is being restored sequentially by the system lperator as other on-grid power plants are being dispatched to cover the lost generation capacity from the Calabar power plant owned by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company Ltd.”