Power Generation On A Serious Downturn Since 1st January

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Reports from the Office of the Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN indicates a downturn in the country’s power generation figures. It was earlier reported that since January 2018 the country losses about 1,500 MW of power daily due to gas constraints. The GenCos were accused of not drawing the required amount of gas needed for their optimal production. In the same vain, similar reports released by the Advisory Power Team, Office of the Vice President, indicated the same downward trend in power generation.

 

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The reports disclosed that as at on Friday, the Nigeria’s power sector could not generate fresh 3,299 megawatts (MW) of electricity for distribution to homes and offices in the country because it was restricted by a couple of operational constraints. According to the records provided, these operational constraints included inadequate gas supply to generation companies (Gencos), shortcomings in the transmission network, limitations in the distribution infrastructure of the distribution companies (Discos), and water management related challenges at the hydro power stations.

The records explained that these limitations kept the amount of power generated and distributed to homes and offices in Nigeria at 3,971MW, in addition, preventing the power sector from earning as much as N1.584 billion in revenue.

The report stated:

“On January 25, 2018, average power sent out was 3,971MWh/hour (down by 115MWh/h from the previous day). 2302.8MW was not generated due to unavailability of gas. 417MW was not generated due to unavailability of transmission infrastructure, while 290MW was not generated due to high frequency resulting from unavailability of distribution infrastructure. 290MW was not generated due to unavailability of water. The power sector lost an estimated N1,584,000,000 on January 25, 2018 due to insufficient gas supply, distribution infrastructure, and transmission infrastructure and water reserves,”

 

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The office equally notified that there were repeated drop in power generation as a result of rising gas constraints.
Similarly, another data it released before that of Saturday, indicated that:

“On January 23 2018, average power sent out was 3,868MWh/hour (up by 156MWh/h from the previous day). 2257MW was not generated due to unavailability of gas. 164MW was not generated due to unavailability of transmission infrastructure, while 291MW was not generated due to high frequency resulting from unavailability of distribution infrastructure. 290MW was not generated due to unavailability of water. The power sector lost an estimated N1,441,000,000 on January 23, 2018 due to insufficient gas supply, distribution infrastructure, and transmission infrastructure and water reserves,” the record further explained.

Nigeria had in December 2017 recorded new power generation and transmission mark of 5,222.3MW which came few days after the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) reported that 5,155.9MW was generated and transmitted. However, since the last system collapses recorded by the TCN in the early days of January 2018, power generation has remained below 4000MW.

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