Alarming! Power Generation Falls to Zero MW, Throws Nation in Total Blackout

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Nigeria’s power sector has recorded this week as one of its worse performing as multiple systems collapsed, causing low power generation and consequently total blackout.

On Thursday evening, January 19th, a full system collapse occurred when the country’s power generation recorded zero MW power supply, which resulted in total blackout.

Consequently, the average power generation crashed to 1, 618 megawatts hour (MWH), down from 2, 904 MWh generated just before the system collapsed dropping generation to zero megawatts.

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EnergyWatchng reports that statistics from Transmission company of Nigeria (TCN) shows that generation level collapsed to 10MW on Sunday, 15th January.

Another system collapse also occurred on Monday, 16th where generation dropped to 108MW.  On Wednesday, the same system collapsed causing power generation to drop to 42MW.

The daily operational report from the Nigeria Electricity System Operator, an arm of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), showed that nine electricity generation companies, GENCOs, sent out zero electricity to the grid.

The nine GENCOs are Gbarain, Rivers Independent Power Project, IPP, Trans Amadi, ASCO, and A.E.S. Others are Olorunsogo IPP, Ibom, Gerugu NIPP and Afam IV- V.

According to the Nigeria System Operator (NSO) updates, on Thursday, Jan 19th, peak power generation had dropped to 1,973 megawatts (mw) from the 3,100mw obtained at the weekend.

The report reveals that so far this year, there has been three system collapses with the recent one occurring on Wednesday when generation fell to 49.2mw.

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An industry source disclosed that the constraint of gas supply to the 23 thermal stations had worsened. He said the huge debts owed for gas, and recent attacks of gas facilities are limiting supply to the power plants. “For instance, an oil/gas pipeline facility blew up this week in Ughelli, Delta State and it connects critical Generation Companies (GenCos) like Ughelli, Sapele, Benin GenCos.”