Darkness Looms As Nigeria’s Electricity Supply Drops To 3,321 Megawatts

By Ikenga Chronicles December 1, 2016

Darkness Looms As Nigeria’s Electricity Supply Drops To 3,321 Megawatts

Nigeria is set to experience more unstable power supply as the nation’s power generation capacity dropped t from 4,285 to 3,321 megawatts.

This shocking report was obtained from the website of the Nigerian Electricity System Operator on Thursday, November 30. An official of TCN, who preferred anonymity, disclosed that electricity generation had been dwindling due to challenges of accessing gas by generation companies.

The official said that the country’s power generation dropped from over 4,000 megawatts recorded in September and October to 3,321.50 megawatts current recording as at Dec. 1.

Also an official of Egbin Power Station revealed that the power plant was generating over 1,000 megawatts. He said the plant, which is located in Lagos, now generates and distributes between 250 megawatts and 300 megawatts due to shortage of gas. The official said that Egbin, with an installed capacity of 1,320 megawatts, has the capacity to wheel over 1,000 megawatts daily. According to him, the plant is now limited to less than 300 megawatts due to shortage of gas.

Meanwhile, Godwin Idemudia, General Manager, Communications of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc, attributed recent frequent outages within the company’s network to the drop in energy allocation to it.

Idemudia stated  that the company was receiving less than 300 megawatts instead of 1,300 megawatts needed to service its consumers. He said that the company had reached agreement with independent power companies to augment the little energy being received from the national grid to meet energy demands of its customers.

According to him, Eko DISCO secured additional 160 megawatts of electricity to augment its allocation from the national grid.

“We have entered into bilateral agreements with Egbin Power Plc and Paras Energy & Natural Resources Development Limited for 100 megawatts and 60 megawatts respectively.”

“But the generation companies are constrained by gas challenges.”

“We are also working on embedded power programme aimed at producing 480 megawatts for distribution to our customers’’, Idemudia said.

 

Photo Credit: The Herald

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