Indications have emerged that Nigeria is currently losing 1,761 megawatts of power to dilapidated transmission networks and inadequate gas supply.

The Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mr. Benjamin Dikki, in a document made available to our correspondent on Thursday, said, “There is an unutilised generation capacity of 1,761 megawatts due to gas and transmission constrains  from the NIPP power plants.”

According to him, weak power transmission and inadequate gas supply have been identified as two critical issues that could derail the expectations of the Federal Government, consumers and other stakeholders in the private sector-driven power sector.

All the 10 power generation formerly owned by the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria currently have a combined available capacity of 2,074MW as of September 2012. While the total installed capacity in the country remains 6,976.40 MW, actual power generation has always revolved around 3,5000MW.

Of this, 2,074MW is generated by the newly privatised PHCN electricity generation stations while the remaining is provided by NIPP plants such as 451MW Sapele power station, 451MW Omotosho power station and 434MW Geregu 2 power plant.

Others are IPP plants such as the 650MW Shell Afam VI, 480MW AGIP, 360MW RVSG Afam 1&11, 100MW RVSG T-Amadi power station, 150MW RVSG Omoko power station, 190MW Ibom Power station and 270MW AES power station.

However, all the thermal stations are currently having issues with gas supply and no final solution is in sight.

For instance, the BPE boss said the 675MW Olorunsogo power station was as of September out due to gas issues.

It was also gathered that all the available NIPP plants and the IPP plants are currently working far below installed capacity due to inadequate gas supply among other issues.

This, coupled with weak transmission infrastructure, is currently responsible for 1, 761 unutilised electricity capacity, according to the BPE boss.