Nigeria Thrown Into Darkness As Seven Electricity Power Plants Shut Down

By Ikenga Chronicles January 16, 2017

Seven electricity power generating plants have been shut down across the country including the Federal Capital Territory, leading to a total electricity load loss of 1,899.7 megawatts.

 

A report made available to selected sections of the media on Monday afternoon indicated that a partial system collapse occurred on January 12 this year, adding that the system frequency dropped by eight hertz on the same day.

“Partial collapse occurred on January 12, 2017. At 8:41hours, system frequency dropped from 51Hz to 43Hz. Lagos, Osogbo, Jebba, Kainji and Shiroro lost supply, while other areas survived.  The total load loss was 1,899.7MW.”

“As of 6am on January 13, the following plants were still shut down: Geregu NIPP and Sapele NIPP, in addition to the plants previously reported as shut down. Plants previously reported as shut down include Alaoji NIPP, Ihovbor NIPP and Gbarain.”

“The following plants lost turbine functionality as of 6am on January 13, 2017: Okpai (GT11, out due to flame monitor problem; the ST18, out due to hydraulic valve problem) and Olorunsogo I (GT2, out since partial collapse on January 10, 2017).”

The report further stated that on January 13, the average power sent out was 2,944MW-hour/hour, up by 165MWh/h.

It stated that the gas constraints accounted for 2,680MW, while grid and water management constraints were both zero megawatt.

“The power sector lost an estimated N1.358bn on January 13, 2017 due to the constraints” the report noted.

Industry experts decried the poor power situation in Nigeria and blamed this on lack of adequate investment by operators in the country’s privatised electricity plants.

 

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