The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has expressed concern about the over-dependence on gas-fired power plants for the generation of electricity in the country.

NERC, in its latest quarterly report, said gas-fired thermal plants dominated the electricity generation mix, accounting for 81 per cent of the energy generated in the first quarter of this year.

It said, “This implies that approximately 4kWh of every 5kWh of electricity generated in Nigeria in the first quarter of 2018 came from gas. The share of hydro-generation decreased from 23 per cent to 19 per cent between the two quarters.”

According to the regulator, the recorded decline in electricity generated from hydropower plants is attributed to seasonal factor and turbine pit flooding incident in Shiroro dam. The nation has three hydropower plants, namely Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro, while 24 are gas-fired.

“The commission is concerned that the apparent over-dependence on gas-fired/thermal plants may pose supply risk for the Nigerian electricity industry as vandalism of gas pipelines could result in total shutdown of the grid,” NERC said in the report.

Source: The Punch