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In Nigeria, the country’s continuous power supply shortages have led to energy experts differing in their explanations for the situation at hand.

Last week Thursday, Nigerians witnessed a total blackout as all the Discos were reported to have received zero megawatts allocation from the system operator, the Transmission Company of Nigeria, blaming it on power supply shortages.

Power supply shortages

In explaining the reason behind the power supply shortages, an unnamed CEO of one of the electricity distribution companies (Discos) told local media,THISDAY, that during last week’s system disturbance, the 11 distribution companies were only “on station supply”, which is insufficient to service their customers.

“When you are on station supply, there is no power to give to your customers. This is because some power plants went down due to non-supply of gas.

“The only power you get from the national grid when you are on station supply is what you will use to run your base radio. You can’t send it to customers,” the CEO said.

[quote]According to the unnamed CEO, the country’s current power distress should be blamed on weak transmission network; however, he suggested that only a super grid could be the solution.

He said: “Transmission will continue to be a problem until the country has a super transmission grid. Super transmission grid is a model transmission line that can take huge power [loads]. We need to construct a super grid to reduce system collapse.”

Vandalised gas pipelines- a real problem

On the other hand, another undisclosed official from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator told the media that vandalism on gas pipelines is the contributing factor to the current drop in the power supply.

“Gas pipelines have been vandalised and they [vandals] are doing it continuously. Some plants went down last week because of lack of gas and it caused system collapse. So, it is really not a transmission problem,” the official stated.