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Electricity: Gas cut to 6 GenCos causes blackout, 2,000MW lost to pipeline fire

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The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) on January 2, 2018 announced that a fire incident on the gas pipeline supplying six Generation Companies (GenCos) in the western part of Nigeria triggered a sudden collapse of the grid.
The grid was restored afterwards but the six GenCos had their gas supply cut off and had to shut down. The GenCos’ operational output of 1,143MW as at when the fire incident occurred was lost.

Lagos and other states in the West had their electricity load allocation cut down across about three Distribution Companies (DisCos). Electricity customers in the axis said they observed a dip in the power supply to their installations and had cried out for federal government’s immediate intervention.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) said the incident was due to a bush fire that affected the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System (ELPS) around Okada in Edo State.   
The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in a statement said the incident led to the loss of 3,182 MW of electricity across the six affected GenCos. 
The affected GenCos include 1,320MW Egbin GenCo and 60MW Paras GenCo in Lagos State; 676MW Olorunsogo NIPP GenCo and 338MW Olorunsogo GenCo in Ogun State. The others are 450MW Omotosho NIPP GenCo and 338MW Omotosho GenCo in Ondo State.

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