The Federal Government has said that it has commenced the installation of electronic monitoring equipment on pipelines that supply gas to power generation plants following their repeated rupturing by vandals, The Punch reports.
The Minister of Power, Prof.Chinedu Nebo, said that a few days after most parts of the country celebrated the New Year with stable power, vandals struck by bursting many points on the main pipelines supplying gas to the power stations. This, he said in a statement, had resulted in a steep drop in generation capacity and by extension available power to the national grid.
He said, “Most of the power supply in Nigeria is based on gas, with about 70 per cent from gas-fired turbines and 30 per cent from hydro. When we have a holistic energy mix, things will get much improved. Oil thieves and vandals who break into our pipelines make it difficult for Nigerians to even benefit from what this government has done.
“We have far larger installed capacity than the power we give out and this is because of gas supply constraints. That is being taken care of because more forces are being deployed. Electronic gadgets are being installed to ensure that at any point of disruption, our security forces will know and know how to forestall it.”
The minister called for the continuation of the current power sector reforms, adding that the sector would suffer seriously if the reforms were disrupted.