Drop In Power Supply Due To Explosions, Gas Constraint


The recent drop in electricity generation to 2,665MW and drop in power supply, is due to inadequate supply of gas to the power station and explosions at transmission lines in the Lagos area and Jebba.

This has led the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to direct the 11 distribution companies (Discos) nationwide “not to pick loads to avoid a system collapse,” thereby causing a reduction in load allocation from the national grid to Discos.

The nation’s power supply slumped by 623.76 megawatts in three days, worsening the rationing that electricity distribution companies have been subjecting consumers to in recent days.

According to a Ministry of Power Presidential Task Force on Power Data, electricity generated on Thursday, February 25, stood at 3,601.78MW, down from 4,245.53MW on February 22.

Also, power supply to households and businesses across the country dropped on Thursday to 3,531.88MW from 4,155.64MW on Monday. On Wednesday, the data showed electricity generation was 3,697.31MW, while 3,625.42MW was sent out that day.

A TCN data as at yesterday showed that between 1 am and 6 am on Saturday, generation fell to 2,500MW.

However, between 6 am and 11.59 pm, the hourly dispatch to the Discos rose to 2,721.20MW, thus averaging 2,665.90MW for the whole day.

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This has led some of the distribution companies to appeal to consumers over the development. The management of EKO Electricity Distribution Plc said the power supply instability within its network was due to inadequate bulk electricity load allocated to the company from the national grid.

This was contained in a statement issued by the Head of Corporate Communications of the company, Godwin Idemudia, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos.

Idemudia said the company had repeatedly given reasons for the current power rationing and intermittent outage being experienced in areas under its coverage in the past few weeks.

Idemudia said the outages emanated from a drop in the national generation level as a result of incessant acts of vandalism on gas pipelines and transmission towers.

EKEDP appealed to all its customers to bear with the situation, assuring them that it was doing all within its powers to ensure a fair and equitable distribution of available power to all customers pending the time there would be a significant improvement in the national power generation level.

According to the statement, the company’s customer help lines will be available on a 24-hour basis to receive complaints from customers and attend to same with dispatch. This is in addition to all the customer care centres which operate from 8am to 5pm.

On February 2, 2016, TCN had announced a new record peak generation of about 5,074.7MW of electricity for the first time in the country, and the highest maximum daily energy of 109,372 megawatts hour (MWH).

Before this, the previous peak generation was put at 4,883.9MW attained on November 23, 2015, and the previous highest maximum daily energy wheeled out nationwide was 107,142.32MWH recorded on January 26, 2016.

It was however gathered that supply, which later averaged above 4,600MW, has deteriorated in recent weeks due to transmission and gas supply issues.

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