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Nationwide darkness underway as generation drops to 1,360mw

There are fears that level of power supply across the country are on the decline following record of lowest generation of 1,360 megawatts (mw) on October 15, 2017.

A daily generation report from the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has revealed, noting that generation had fluctuated between 3,500mw and 4,500mw in the last few months before the latest development.

On Wednesday, data from Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) shows that Nigeria lost over N20 billion to reported frequency management constraint due to loss of Disco feeders and gas constraint.

It would be recalled that Nigeria has an installed capacity of 11,165.40mw and national peak demand forecast is currently at 19,100mw.

Besides, Nigeria’s current transmission capability has increased from 5,500mw to 7,000mw, peak energy generation ever attained remained 5,074mw, which was recorded in February last year.

NESI had explained that on October 11 2017, average power sent out was 3,655 MWh/hour (down by 123.98MWh/h), linking the poor service to gas constraint which was 410mw as line constraint was 0mw.

Also, frequency management constraint due to loss of DisCo feeders was 1993.5mw.

Based on this figures, NESI noted that the power sector lost an estimated N1.149 billion on October 11 2017 alone.