7 GenCos Plants Shut down due to Gas Constraints

Due to unavailability of gas and other infrastructural issues which caused the plants of about seven (7) electricity generating companies (GenCos) to shutdown. The GenCos were unable to generate electricity on Thursday which made the National Grid lose about 3,523 megawatts (MW) of power .

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A report from the Power Advisory Team, Office of the Vice President, on thursday stated that “despite Federal Government’s efforts to address the nation’s power crisis, as well as mitigate the constant system collapse by the grid, about seven generating plants produced zero megawatts of electricity yesterday.”

According to the report, “On February 20 2018, average power sent out was 3,835MWh/hour (down by 134MWh/h from the previous day). 1175MW was not generated due to unavailability of gas. 29MW was not generated due to unavailability of transmission infrastructure, while 969MW was not generated due to high frequency resulting from unavailability of distribution infrastructure.

“There was no reported water constraint.” The power sector lost an estimated N1.048 billion, on February 20, 2018 due to insufficient gas supply, distribution infrastructure, transmission infrastructure and water reserves. There was rising high frequency constraint due to DISCOs inability to distribute load.”

Meanwhile, the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN said that the new New Haven- Nsukka 132kV Line (Double Circuit) in Enugu State has been vandalized.

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According to the company, “The vandalism took place at Eziama Nike in Enugu East of Enugu State. The new line under construction is to feed the new 9th Mile 2x60MVA, 132/33kV Station, Nsukka 1x30MVA and Ayangba 2x60MVA substations. All hands must be on deck to stop vandals before they stop our development.


Isaac Ademoluti

A Geophysicist, graduated from the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA). Worked at Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), 132/33 KV Apo- Substation. Interested in the Power sector, football and loves writing.

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