Current data reveals that peak electricity generation has hovered above 3,600MW since the beginning of the month of February. Data from the National Control Centre on sector reform/activities for February 6, 2017 shows that Egbin and Olorunsogo I power plants added functionality in an additional turbine.
Power generation peaked at 4,160.4MW on January 1, 2017, however, was not maintained for long as it fell to 1,072.4MW on January 12.
There was also a series of fluctuations in the national grid, as a result of several hitches in the system, including power load rejection, trip offs by power plants, as well as limited gas supply needed to fire gas turbines. These, however, led to several system collapses as the grid collapsed up to four times in January.
According to Industry operators, these gas supply hitches to the power plants are to be blamed for the continuous decline in electricity generation across the country. They have maintained that vandalism of gas pipelines, especially in the Niger Delta region, has severely affected the performance of the power generation companies.
In a statements made by the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, at an event in Abuja on Tuesday, he pleaded with vandals to stop destroying power installations, adding that the recent rise in electricity generation would be better if they refrained from pipeline vandalism.