Electricity supply in the country has been struggling to stay above 3,000 megawatts in recent months as factors such as gas shortage and power grid collapse continue to limit generation. Low load demand by power distribution companies and gas problems are also inhibiting the generation segment of over 3,000 megawatts of electricity.

Twelve out of the nation’s 27 power plants were affected by low energy demand by the electricity distribution firms on Saturday, causing a generation capacity of 2,672.6MW to be idle, the latest data obtained from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing on Tuesday showed.

This year, the national grid has so far recorded 11 collapses – 10 total, while one was partial, according to the data from the ministry. The latest total collapse occurred on September 20, 2018. Some power generation companies have been forced to shut down some of their units or reduce output as a result of low load demand by the Discos and gas shortfall.

The plants affected by the low load demand by the Discos on Saturday were Egbin, Geregu I, Omotosho I, Olorunsogo I, Alaoji NIPP, Olorunsogo NIPP, Omotosho NIPP, Ihovbor NIPP, Azura-Edo IPP, Rivers IPP, Delta, and Afam VI.

Source: The Punch