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Apprehension as power generation drops by 964MW on gas shortage

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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 dearth of gas.

Experts say due to government’s inability to effect early repairs on the vandalized trunk lines, the yuletide may face serious power crisis which may linger till second quarter.

There has been growing bombardments on several gas pipelines moving gas to major power plants across the country thereby hobbling their generating capacities which is reflected on the volume of power outages being experienced across the country.

According to the figure sited on the website of Nigerian Electricity System Operator Thursday, several parts of the country may continue to be in darkness as chances of early repairs are slim considering the growing range of pipeline vandalism.

Only same yesterday, the presidency accused some engineers of partnering with vandals to cripple the economy, saying vandals do not the technology to do some of the things they do on pipelines after all.

The Transmission Company of Nigeria puts the total output of all the generation companies at 3,321.50 megawatts, which had been transferred to the 11 distribution companies across the country.

An official of TCN, who preferred anonymity, said that electricity generation had been dwindling due to challenges of accessing gas by generation companies.

The official said that 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.

Similarly, a top management official of Egbin Power Station, who also pleaded anonymity, said that the power plant was generating over 1,000 megawatts.

He said the plant, which is located in Lagos, now generates and distributes between 250 megawatts and 300 megawatts due to shortage of gas.

The official said that Egbin, with an installed capacity of 1,320 megawatts, has the capacity to wheel over 1,000 megawatts daily.

He said that the plant is now limited to less than 300 megawatts due to shortage of gas.

Meanwhile, the General Manager, Communications of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc, Mr. Godwin Idemudia, attributed recent frequent outages within the company’s network to the drop in energy allocation to it.

Idemudia said that the company was receiving less than 300 megawatts instead of 1,300 megawatts needed to service its consumers.

The Eko DISCO secured additional 160 megawatts of electricity to augment its allocation from the national grid.

He said, “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.”


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