A report has said that the electricity industry recorded a drop of 30.01 percent in the second quarter (Q2) due to poor generation caused by militants’ attacks in the Niger Delta.
The report said the attacks led to the shutdown of pipelines and the shut-in of gas that powered thermal plants between last April and June.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) report stated the status of electricity generation and distribution during the period.
According to the report, 2,046,821,132.72 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity was generated in April with average daily output of 68,227,371.09 kWh.
In May, grid output was 1,765,782,918.34 kWh with average daily production at 56,960739.30 kWh while in June production was 1,426,183,518.94 kWh and daily output was 47,539,450.63 kWh.
Egbin Power plant made the highest contribution to the national grid with 15.81 per cent, Shell’s Afam VI Power Station came second with 13.81 per cent and Geregu Power station provided the least at 0.46 percent, according to the data.
However, Afam I-V, Gbarain, AES, Rivers IPP and Omoku Power Stations operated at zero levels. A new Independent Power Plant, Paras Energy, contributed 0.94 percent. Paras Energy, on the Lagos–Ibadan Expressway, has a bilateral Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Eko Electricity Distribution Company to supply its generated electricity.
The report said the generation output from the thermal power plant, especially those outside the Niger Delta, continued to be adversely affected by pipeline vandalism.
In May, energy dipped by as much as 13.73 percent compared to April’s output.
Shell’s Afam VI Power station beat Egbin Power Station by making the highest contribution to the grid with 17.32 per cent.
Egbin came second with 15.63 percent. The new entrant, Gbarain Power Station (one of the NIPP plants constructed by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company) contributed the least with 0.38 per cent while Olorunsogo Power Station, which contributed 0.72 percent in April, made no contribution.
Total generation went down by 19.23 percent in June compared with energy generated in May.
However, for the first time, Jebba Hydro Power Station contributed the highest energy into the grid with 15.57 per cent.
Egbin came second with 14.58 per cent, while another hydro station, Kanji power station, came third with 14.58 per cent. Omoku power Station resumed production with the contribution of 0.18 per cent.
TCN said, In April, the grid witnessed three instances of total system collapses and no incidence of partial system collapse but in May, the grid witnessed six instances of total system collapses and one incident of partial system collapse while in June the grid witnessed five instances of total system collapses and three incidents of partial system collapse. The incidents of total and partial collapses occurred, especially due to generation limitations.”