Electricity generation dropped to 1,580.6 megawatts on Wednesday as a result of a partial system collapse that occurred on Tuesday, causing bigger woes for electricity consumers across the country.
The partial system collapse at the Shiroro Power Plant which occurred on Tuesday dragged down power generation to as low as 1,233.4MW from a peak of 3,207.7MW recorded on the same day.
Data from NESO showed that by 9.48am on Wednesday, power generation was 1,580.6MW, with the Ikeja Electric getting 237.09MW; Abuja, 181.77MW; Eko, 173.87MW; Benin, 142.25MW; and Enugu, 142.25MW.
Others are Ibadan, 205.48MW; Jos, 86.93MW; Kano, 126.45MW; Kaduna, 126.45MW; Port Harcourt, 102.74MW; and Yola, 55.32MW.
Before the partial collapse of the system, the Abuja, Ikeja and Eko distribution firms were getting over 350MW each to meet the power needs of a considerable number of their customers.
Reports say the normal baseline allocation for the Abuja Disco was 450MW, but on Wednesday, the firm got 181.77MW around 9.48am, according to data from NESO, and this further dropped to 131.77MW by 1.25pm.
In the past few weeks, power supply had worsened across the country due to government’s claim of vandalized pipelines which supply gas to power plants.
The Nigeria Electricity System Operators and senior officials of the different electricity distribution companies confirmed that Tuesday and Wednesday data shows a massive drop in power generation.
This has resulted in the reduction of the electricity load allocated to the Discos, which is why many parts of the country have been experiencing blackouts in the past few days.
Some officials of the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing as usual attributed the slump in power generation to gas pipeline vandalism, which still poses challenge to adequate electricity generation and distribution.
Last week, the acting Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Dr. Anthony Akah, lamented the incidences of vandalism that led to the reduction in peak power generation and supply from the national grid.
Dr. Anthony Akah solicited the support of members of the public and the Consumer Protection Council to collaborate with electricity service providers and security agencies in ensuring adequate protection of power installations across the country.