Why Nigeria’s power system meltdown will continue, by experts | The Guardian Nigeria News

Due to the integrity of the electricity transmission grid, Nigerians may have to endure more power outages due to frequent system failures.

An industry expert and former General Manager, Corporate Communications, Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), Yakubu Lawal has revealed that the power outages linked to the collapse of the national power grid will not end soon due to the capacity and poor integrity of the system.

Lawal, who revealed this during a call on the critical issue on the world stage, said the power outages are forcing the industry to rely on alternative energy while increasing production costs.

In his opinion, this situation has led to the high cost of products and services in the domestic market.

This year, the power grid has collapsed more than seven times, causing blackouts and leaving businesses and households with their losses.

Lawal urged the government and stakeholders to strive to inject more transmission equipment and distribution transformers so the nation can enjoy a reliable power supply.

“We have such a fragile network that any small disruption to the system triggers the network and the system collapses. The capacity of wheel power transmission companies is not that big. They’re talking about 4,000 megawatts (MW) or 5,000 MW, but actually they can’t actually drive 4,000 MW for three hours.

“We are now faced with a situation where the generating companies are producing electricity, but for the national grid, dissipation of the electricity is becoming a problem. So when you visit one of the control rooms at one of the generation companies, the control center keeps telling you to shut down one unit or the other just to make sure they are able to balance the load in a way that doesn’t affect the network .

“Typically the scenario is that if you have say 7,000MW of generation capacity, you should be able to boast a little over 8,000MW of transmission capacity.

And when you get to distribution you should be able to have a capacity that is higher than generation and transmission.

“If you have such a scenario, the broadcast can handle it conveniently, and the distribution can also conveniently absorb it for the general public to enjoy,” he explained.

Lawal said it can be painful to know that Nigeria is not yet at the end of its energy system collapse. “It’s not something that can be overcome overnight. You need to feed in more facilities, you need to feed in power transformers, you need to improve the connectivity of your transmission lines and make sure you have a stable and consistent level of capacity. But as it is today, I can tell you that we have not yet seen the end of the system collapse.

“Power is central to development. So if reliability is in question, then there are consequences. Using alternative energy for critical operations means additional costs for the company. It means you have to drive on petrol or diesel, and diesel is very expensive now. This will inevitably increase operating or production costs, and that means the costs will be passed on to poor consumers,” he said.

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