7 February 2013 – Statistics from Power Holding Company of Nigeria’s (PHCN’s) national control centres show that the country recorded 24 system failures in 2012, with 15 being total collapses and nine partial system collapses. A total collapse means power supply from the grid is lost completely, while a partial collapse means that parts of the grid can be sustained. Thus far there have been no system failures in 2013.
In 2011 the country recorded 19 system failures, 13 of which were total, while the remaining six were partial. Nigeria recorded 39 and 42 system failures in 2009 and 2010, respectively. These bring to 124 the total number of system collapses recorded in four years and highlight the fragile state of the country’s electricity supply infrastructure.
Meanwhile according to Punch publication Nigeria’s minister for power, Hajiya Zainab Kuchi, says 5,500MW generation capacity is being targeted for the country. This follows the signing of the deal for the completion of the Zungeru hydropower project and the feasibility and environmental impact assessment studies of the Mambila hydropower project, as well as the completion of the east-west gas linkage network. Nigeria still needs about 1,331MW to achieve the 5,500MW target. It is anticipated that the successor companies of the PHCN would generate 3,879MW, while the national independent power producers would generate 2,500MW.