71% of Nigeria’s gas power plants’ capacity unused – Report

Seventeen gas-fired power plants in the country have been struggling to utilise up to 30 per cent of their combined installed generation capacity, it has been gathered. The nation generates most of its electricity from gas-fired power plants, while output from hydro power plants makes up the rest.

But electricity generation from gas power plants has declined, with Shiroro hydro power plants producing the highest amount of electricity in recent days. Total power generation stood at 3,398.4MW as of 6am on Tuesday, out of which 1,187MW was produced by the three hydro power plants in the country. Generation from Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro hydro plants stood at 255MW, 391MW and 541MW, respectively.

According to the data, the capacity of units on bar of 17 gas-fired power stations was 2,612MW on Tuesday out of a total installed capacity of 9,234.8MW. The plants are Egbin, Delta, Omotosho I and II, Olorunsogo I and II, Sapele I and II, Afam IV-V, Afam VI, Geregu I and II, Okpai, Alaoji, Ihovbor, Ibom and Odukpani.

Source: The Punch

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