The total power generation of all generating plants in Nigeria reduced by 2,841 between Monday, 17th of July and Sunday 23rd of July. Records show that the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) wheeled out 22,978 megawatts of electricity between July 17 to July 23 against the 25,819 megawatts generated in the previous week.
These numbers were shown in the daily statistics of TCN operations according to the Nigerian Electricity System Operator (SO).
According to the statistics, the daily power generation during the period were 3,227mw, 3,504mw, 3,285mw, 3,656mw, 3,579mw, 2,898mw and 2,829mw, respectively.
However, the daily distribution to distribution companies (DISCOs) between July 10 and July 16 were 3,511mw, 3,973mw, 3,915mw, 3,947mw, 3,3511mm, 3,487mw and 3,475mw, respectively.
The TCN indicated that the national peak demand forecast stood at 19,100.00mw, of which 11,165.40mw was the installed available capacity, 7,139.60mw was the available capacity, 7,000mw was current transmission capacity and network operational capacity of 5,500.00mw.
The peak generation ever attained in Nigeria was 5,074.7mw, while the maximum energy ever attained stood at 109,372.01mwh.
Mr Dada Thomas, the President of Nigerian Gas Association, said that the nationwide shortage of available natural gas supply was the most critical issue facing the Nigerian power sector.
Thomas said that his association, gas producers and investors in the country would be at ease if the natural gas shortage was checked at least in the short term.
According to him, the shortfall in natural gas supply has been further worsened by pipeline vandalism.
“Tariff review will also help DISCOs to recover costs and pay for gas.”
Nnaji also said that lack of industry deregulation and absence of proper legislation had discouraged investment because;
“It is the only deregulation that will allow investors to consider investment in gas production and transportation.’’
Recall that Mr Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, on July 5, said that the TCN would undertake 200 projects to improve power supply.
Fashola said at the Nigeria Energy Forum (NEF) in Lagos, that TCN was concentrating on completing the projects to ensure smooth transmission of energy to the national grid.
“Electricity is a very topical subject in the country; lack of it affects production, security, comfort and standard of education.
“If all of us will draw all energy needs from the grid, we will need over 13,000 Megawatts (MW), but unfortunately, the maximum we have from the grid is just 4,700MW,’’ Fashola said.