Electricity generating companies in Nigeria released an average of 4,438 megawatts of power into the national grid on Wednesday, a daily energy report has said. The report, which was compiled by the Advisory Power Team, Office of the Vice President, was made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja. It stated that the energy released by the companies was down by 4.82 megawatts from the figure delivered on Tuesday.
It, however, indicated that 1,818 megawatts could not be generated due to unavailability of gas. The report said that unavailability of transmission infrastructure also accounted for non-generation of 42.7 megawatt during the period. Similarly, it said 1,497 megawatts was not generated due to high frequency resulting from unavailability of distribution infrastructure.
The report revealed that the power sector lost an estimated N1.6billion on Wednesday to factors such as insufficient gas supply, distribution infrastructure and transmission infrastructure. On sector reform and activities, it said the dominant constraint for Wednesday’s generation was unavailability of gas. It said that the peak generation attained on the day was 4,860 megawatts.
Mainstream Raises Kainji, Jebba Capacity To 922MW, Decries N72bn Energy Debt – Daily Trust
Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited (MESL) said it can now generate 922 megawatts (MW) at Kainji, Jebba hydropower plants in Niger State but that 72 billion energy invoices remains unpaid in the Nigerian Electricity Market. The Managing Director of MESL, Engr. Lamu Audu, who received the Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Mr Alex Okoh and BPE’s Director of Power, Yunana Malo during the plants’ tour, said the huge debt was an operational challenge.
He said, “There are accumulated unpaid invoices of N72bn receivables as at March 11, 2019 in the market; it does not include capacity charge and if there is to be an interest on these debts.”
He said MESL is the concessionaire for the 1,338MW capacity plants but that only 582MW was available as at takeover in November 2013. He added that they were rehabilitated and are now the highest energy producers.
He further said the continuous ramp down on power generation requests from the Independent System Operator (ISO) due to energy load rejection affects the plants’ turbines and is discouraging more investments.