The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), says Nigeria’s power generation capacity has dropped due to inadequate gas supply, resulting in Nigerians experiencing poor power supply lately.
The country’s power generation dropped from over 4,000 megawatts recorded in September and October to 3,321.50 megawatts current recording as Dec. 1.
The nation’s power generation capacity has dropped from 4,285 megawatts recorded on September 16 to 3,321 megawatts on December 1 due to inadequate gas supply, as obtained from the Nigerian Electricity System Operator’s website.
According to TCN, this means the 11 distribution companies across the country have only been receiving a total output of 3,321.50 megawatts, from all the generation companies.
More so, a top management official of Egbin Power Station in Lagos, speaking to NAN says, the power plant which was generating over 1,000 megawatts, now generates and distributes between 250 megawatts and 300 megawatts due to a shortage of gas.
In confirmation, Mr. Godwin Idemudia, General Manager, Communications of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc, says the drop in energy allocation to the company is the reason for the recent frequent outages within the company’s network.
Idemudia said the company was receiving less than 300 megawatts instead of 1,300 megawatts needed to service its consumers, adding that the company had reached an agreement with independent power companies to augment the little energy being received from the national grid to meet energy demands of its customers.
He disclosed that Eko DISCO secured additional 160 megawatts of electricity to augment its allocation from the national grid.
“We have entered into bilateral agreements with Egbin Power Plc and Paras Energy & Natural Resources Development Limited for 100 megawatts and 60 megawatts respectively. But the generation companies are constrained by gas challenges.
“We are also working on embedded power programme aimed at producing 480 megawatts for distribution to our customers.”