The national grid that provides power to the nation has collapsed again leaving the country without power supply. This is the third consecutive time the grid has collapsed in less than a month.
The latest collapse came despite assurances by the Federal Government to take decisive steps to address the nation’s power problem. The Trumpet gathered
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) who manages the grid had last month said it had developed alternative ways of managing the grid.
TCN had stated that its “in-house engineers have deployed a stop-gap solution to improve grid monitoring and acquisition of data from remote stations (power stations and transmission substations) to the National Control Centre. This was achieved by utilizing the Internet of Things (IoT) solution, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) by using various Internet Service Providers (ISP).
“The stop-gap solution became necessary as TCN could not access and receive comprehensive operational data of the entire power grid for managing the fastgrowing system.
The existing inadequate SCADA System cannot provide adequate grid visibility, as parts of the existing SCADA system are moribund and damaged, coupled with an ineffective telecommunication network infrastructure.
The fact that several stations were never integrated into the existing SCADA at all, and made grid visibility and management very difficult and inefficient”.