Electricity supply drops on gas shortage, plants shutdown

Data obtained from the Presidential Task Force on Power (PTFP) showed on Tuesday that power supply to households and businesses in the country has fallen below the 4,000 megawatts mark as 1,047.3MW was lost in seven days, The Punch reports.

Electricity generation stood at 3,843.16MW on Monday, August 31, while 3,763.40MW was sent out, according to the PTFP. The dip in power generation and supply followed the shutdown of both the Trans Niger Pipeline and Nembe Creek Trunkline by Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) late last week.

The Guardian also reports that six electricity generating plants have been shut down across the country due to either gas shortage, under rehabilitation, technical damage or fire outbreak. This has caused worry that the relative stability in power supply in recent times may be short-lived. The daily power generation report issued by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) showed that only 16 of the 25 existing power generating plants in the country are currently running.

The affected plants are Afam IV-V, A.E.S power, ASCO, Omoku, Trans Amadi, and Rivers Independent Power Plant. Besides, Egbin power generation dropped to 693MW due to the shutdown of ST 1 for maintenance, and high frequency occasioned by the distribution companies inability to pick its load allocation. Furthermore, generation from Ibom Power also reduced to 53.8MW due to guide vane problem, GT 2 maintenance and inability of Port Harcourt Disco to pick load allocation. Geregu was reduced to 188MW due to gas constraints and spinning reserve.




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