Output from the Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC) Joint Venture-owned Afam VI power plant in the Niger Delta region has dropped by about 40 per cent to 350megawatts (Mw) due to transmission challenges, The Nation reports.

The power plant, which has capacity to generate 650Mw, can at most generate 450Mw because the transmission infrastructure doesn’t have the capacity to evacuate the entire 650Mw. According to a document by the SPDC JV, “The reliability of the existing infrastructure also needs improvement. For example, SPDC JV’s Afam VI power plant, which has the capacity to generate up to 650Mw, only generates between 350-450Mw most of the time because the power transmission system is unable to evacuate the full output.”

In the document, which stressed areas to address in the power value chain to ensure improved and sustainable electricity supply, SPDC JV noted the need for steady gas supply and payment of debts owed the various power sector operators. It also highlighted the need to attract investment to further develop infrastructure along the gas value chain by ensuring a conducive business environment to attract these investments.