By Friday Nwosu
Nigeria has set a new world record for generating zero kilowatt of electricity for three hours on the 31st of March 2016.
This is the first time in the history of the country it has failed to generate any kilowat of electricity. The failure to generate any kilowat of electricity was attributed to the collapse of the Jebba Hydro power station which lasted for three hours on Wednesday, but it had since been restored to normalcy.
Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, stated that the collapse was induced by a sudden shutdown of three turbines at the Jebba Hydro power station.
He said the turbines were quickly restarted and power generation then began to rise.
Data from the country’s System Operator showed that around 12.58 p.m. yesterday, there was absolutely no power available for distribution across the country.
The System Operator hourly records indicated that Nigeria produced no single megawatt of electricity and the 11 electricity distribution companies (Discos) got none.
The System Operator’s report indicated that the 11 Discos got zero electricity load allocation during the period of the collapse, meaning that that no part of Nigeria got power supply from the national grid.
Power supply, according to Disco sources, was however restored by 3p.m., and of the 450MW that was due to Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, for instance, only about 50MW was given to it when the situation improved.
Abuja Disco before the collapse got an allocation of 257.97MW. At that time the national grid had about 2,243.2MW to distribute to the Discos.