Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), has identified acute shortage of gas, transmission and distribution facilities as reasons Nigeria lost 47% of available electricity generation capacity in the first quarter of 2018.
In its first-quarter report for 2018 just released, NERC disclosed that available generation capacity rose by three per cent to 7,477MW relative to the last quarter of 2017.
“However, due to some factors… the increase in the available capacity did not translate into increase in output as total electricity generated during the first quarter of 2018 decreased by 2% from 8,705,606MWh recorded in the preceding quarter.”
According to the commission, there was a noticeable increase in gas constraint during the quarter under review relative to the last quarter of 2017. Also, during the quarter, some GenCos including Geregu experienced high quantity of condensate in the pipeline, limiting the quantity of usable gas supplied to them.