In a recent development, Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, has disclosed that a fire outbreak occurred at Kainji/Jebba, situated in the North-central region of the country, resulting in a nationwide blackout that unfolded in the early hours of Thursday.
Adelabu in a series of tweets on X platform on Thursday 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”.
He also gave assurance that the problem would be fixed saying, “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.”
Recall that the nation’s power supply dropped by 93.5 per cent to 273 megawatts, MW in the early hours Thursday.
It plummeted from 4,182MW recorded on Monday, this week, following a complete system collapse, due to equipment failure or grid disturbance in the sector.
Data obtained from Nigeria Electricity System Operator, the semi-autonomous arm of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, showed that Afam VI, Dadinkowa, Ibom Power, Jebba, Olorunsogo generated 0.70MW, 0.00MW, 32.90MW, 240MW and zero respectively.
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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
— Bayo Adelabu (@BayoAdelabu) September 14, 2023
However, the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, has announced that the power supply has now been restored.
In a statement via X, (formerly Twitter), Eko Disco affirmed that the national electricity grid had been fixed and power supply had been restored.
The statement read, “Dear valued customer, kindly be informed that power supply has been restored from the grid. Thank you for your patience.”