There was a total blackout in Nigeria on Tuesday night following the collapse of a power transmission grid.

The power shutdown happened around 10pm on Tuesday.

Ministry of Power, Works and Housing headed by Babatunde Fashola in a statement issued around 12:44am on Wednesday, said the collapse was due to a fire incident on the Escravos Lagos Pipeline System of the Nigerian Gas Processing and Transportation Company Limited.

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“The incident requires a shutdown of the pipeline supplying gas to Egbin 1,320megawatts; Olorunsogo NIPP 676MW; Olorunsogo 338MW; Omotosho NIPP 450MW; Omotosho 338 MW; and Paras 60MW power stations.

“The sudden loss of generation due to interruption in gas supply from these stations caused the national transmission grid to trip off around 20:20 on 2nd January 2018. The national transmission grid is owned and operated by the Transmission Company of Nigeria.”

The ministry said it is working to restore power nationwide.

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