The federal government is currently assembling a team of experts across the oil industry to investigate in particular the cause of the severe leaks in the gas supply channels in the Eastern part of the country and determine measures to be taken to ameliorate the situation.
This according to a recent statement from the Special Assistant, Media, to the Minister of Power, Kande Daniel, is part of government’s effort to prevent another crisis in the gas sector, which was affecting power generation in parts of the country negatively.
Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, while explaining the current grid generation situation, attributed it to the low gas supply to the generation plants in the area.
The development according to the minister, has resulted in the shutting down of three power stations in the east which include Afam IV, Afam VI, and Rivers Independent Power Plant (IPP).
The gas constraints which arose from condensate issue on Trans National Pipeline (TNP), the minister said, has put total generation lost from the affected stations at 624MW.
He said Olorunsogo power station was also down due to low gas pressure as a result of which 89MW of power was lost, while low head water elevation was also limiting generation at Kainji and Jebba hydro stations to one unit each.
Total grid generation as at last weekend was 2,628.6megawatts due these challenges. “With this low level generation, management of the grid is currently a big task, necessitating a nationwide load shedding,” Nebo said.
He said the development was unfortunate happening at a time when a large proportion of Nigerians were already rejoicing over the substantial improvement in power supply across the country, adding that as soon as the cause of the leakage was established, measures would be taken to fix the problem.
Information from Leadership was used in this report.