Egbin Fire Incident Cause of Load Shedding in Lagos

By Mohammed Mohammed

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said the ongoing load shedding in the Lagos axis is as a result of the fire incident which occurred in Egbin Power station on Wednesday last week.

TCN, in a statement signed by Mr. Ndidi Mbah, the Spokesperson for the Company, this necessitated the shutdown of all the power generating units in the power station.

With the shutdown of the units, a total of 630MW was removed from the grid, she said.

“The removal of 630MW from the grid at the same time means that TCN had to strive to ensure that it achieves generation load balance to maintain the stability of the grid.

“This it did by reducing bulk electricity to Lagos, to avoid overloading the 330kV lines within the state, while the third unit at the Shiroro Station was tied. These were necessary to avoid the collapse of the nation’s grid.”

Meanwhile, Egbin Power Station is working assiduously to ensure a full restoration of its generating units to the grid and until this happens, TCN will continue to do all it can to keep the grid stable, Mbah, added.

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