There have been significant improvement in the country’s power generation figures for this month. Reports from the office of the vice president disclosed that for the first time in the history of Nigeria electricity generation, we have recorded the three highest power generation figures, these figures which were recorded in three days within the first half of December were 5,156 megawatts(MW), 5,077MW and 5,103MW.
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A detailed report from the Advisory Power Team of the Vice President in Abuja, stating the amount of power generated and sent to the national grid, captured that on December 8, power generation figures hit an all-time peak of 5,156MW, as against the previous generation peak value of 5,074.7MW, obtained in February 2016, it then dropped to 5,077MW on December 14, and again peaked at 5,103MW the next day. The report noted;
“The three highest Nigerian generation records have occurred this month on December 8,14 and 15 2017 (5,156MW, 5,077MW and 5,103MW),”
The report stated that as at Friday, December 15 the Trans Amadi power plant which was initially down had been restored to full functionality. As regarding the average power sent out to the electricity distribution companies within the period, the report captured that 4,200MW was sent to the 11 DisCos, which increased by 171MW relative to the previous day supply. Furthermore, the reported gas constraint experienced by the industry was 631MW, while reported line constraint was 44MW.
It explained that about 939MW of the generated electricity could not be utilised by the Discos due to their feeders’ challenges. The water management constraint experienced, it noted was 344MW. Cumulatively, the report stated that the power sector lost an estimated N940 million of revenue that should have come to it but could not due to the constraints reported on December 15 2017.
Similarly, the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) disclosed that as power generation continues to improve in the country, it would before January 31, 2018, add about 1000MW transformer capacity to the grid, stating that by then most of its transmission projects would have been completed. TCN also said this would further be improved upon with the implementation of the Nigerian Electricity Transmission Access Project (NETAP), which successfully negotiated and finalised its terms with the World Bank on December 8.
Interim Managing Director of TCN, Mr. Usman Mohammed, who made these known to journalists in Abuja, also stated that, at the momentum, the transmission company could not be said to be the weakest link in the industry anymore.
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Mohammed explained that the Transmission Rehabilitation and Expansion Programme of the TCN has continued to attract financing for several of its projects, and that the programme would upgrade Nigeria’s transmission capacity to 20,000MW in the next four years.