The operations of eight brand new power stations built under the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan to supply 4,201 megawatts of electricity have been grounded by inadequate supply of gas to fire their turbines for power generation, THISDAY reports.
With the massive power projects executed by the Jonathan administration to boost generation and transmission, the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) Limited, owner of the NIPP, was able to realise its major mandate of building eight out of 10 power plants and gas supply lines, in addition to several transmission and distribution projects. But chronic gas shortages have rendered the new projects idle, while the country suffers in darkness.
For instance Gbarain Power Plant is generating zero megawatt out of its 225MW capacity to the national grid. Also while Alaoji and Sapele also generate zero most of the times, Omotosho, Geregu, Olorunsogo, and Ihovbor contribute only one-quarter of their capacities to the national grid as a result of the gas shortages. A spokesman of NDPHC, Mr. Yakubu Lawal, said; “Our own is to build the power plants. We have also built all the pipelines to enable them take the gas to the completed power stations. But our mandate is not to provide the gas. So, gas is a factor and transmission challenge is also there.”