The nine system collapses so far recorded in 2019 were caused by the poor transmission network protection of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, power distribution companies stated on Wednesday July 3, 2019.
Speaking on behalf of the 10 Discos, the Executive Director, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, Sunday Oduntan, described the incident of June 30, 2019, at TCN substation in Benin City, which caused a fire outbreak and led to system collapse, as regrettable. He, however, stated that the Discos were available to offer their technical assistance to TCN in order to ensure that power consumers were not kept in darkness.
ANED said the failure of the TCN Benin Substation on Sunday was the second of such occurrence in the same city within a year. It said there was a trend of burnt transmission stations and failed transmission substation incidents in Lagos, Calabar, Abuja, Enugu and Onitsha as of May 8, 2019, due to inadequate transmission protection mechanisms and procedures.
The Discos also expressed displeasure over TCN’s practice of arbitrary load dumping on power distributors whenever the TCN was having challenges in managing energy on its grid, causing a myriad of commercial and technical problems. They said these deficiencies of TCN were captured in a July 2017 System Adequacy Report published by the Independent System Operator, a section of TCN.