Nigeria’s electricity generation dropped below 3,000 megawatts, more than six months, output from the power plants remains 1,552MW lower than the peak achieved in February.
Data from system operator showed that, electricity generation stood at 3,523.10MW as of 6am on Friday, September 2, 2016, up from 3,026.3MW on August 29.
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) announced on February 2, 2016 that the nation had achieved its peak electricity generation of 5,074.70MW.
But the achievement was short-lived as generation dropped below the 4,000MW mark later that month.
On March 1, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission said power supply through the national grid had dropped below 2,800MW due to vandalism.
Eight days after, power generation in Nigeria fell to a record low of 1,580.6MW, a development that threw many parts of the country into blackout for days.
The downturn in electricity supply was worsened in May by the several attacks on oil and gas installations in the Niger Delta, which made generation plunge to a new low of 1,400MW on May 17, according to the TCN.
The nation’s electricity grid recorded 21 collapses in the first half of the year – 16 total and five partial collapses.
More than half of the nation’s power plants are currently facing gas shortage, with unutilised electricity generation capacity due to gas constraints put at 3,988.3MW as of August 29.
Nigeria generates the bulk of its electricity from gas-fired power plants, while output from hydro-power plants makes up about 30 per cent of the total generation.