Friday, 13 January 2017

TCN: power generation drops by 207.1 MW over gas shortage

THE nation’s power generation capacity dropped slightly from 3,959 megawatts on January 4  to 3,751.90 megawatts on January 12, due to dearth of gas, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said.

The Nigerian Electricity System Operator (SO) website, a sub agency of TCN, showed the figure yesterday on its daily forecast website on power generation data.

TCN put the total output of the generation companies at 3,751.90 megawatts, which it said had been transferred to the 11 distribution companies across the country.

The website showed that the country’s power generation recorded lowest peak at 2,876.80 megawatts.

According to the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) operational report for January 4, the power sector hit a peak generation of 4,959 megawatts as against 3,321 megawatts recorded on December 2.

NESI said the sector recorded highest system frequency of 51.27Hz; lowest system frequency of 48.22 Hz; highest voltage of 372KV and lowest voltage recorded on the same day was 300KV.

An official of TCN, who craved anonymity, said electricity generation had been dwindling due to challenges of accessing gas.

The official added that many power projects that could boost the country’s generation were still pending due to lack of fund and gas shortage to test-run the turbines.

Similarly, a top management official of Egbin Power Station, who also pleaded anonymity, said the power plant, which usually generates over 1,000 megawatts, had dropped to 375 megawatts due to gas constraint.

According to him, the plant, located in Lagos, generates and distributes between 250 megawatts and 300 megawatts due to shortage of gas.

The official said Egbin, with an installed capacity of 1,320 megawatts, had the capacity to wheel over 1,000 megawatts daily. The official added that the plant had been limited to less than 400 megawatts due to shortage of gas.

But the Minister of Power Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, during the 11th Monthly Stakeholders meeting in Lagos on Jan. 9, unveiled plans to inaugurate some electricity projects this year.

Fashola said some of the projects to be inaugurated in the course of the year include the completion of the Kaduna 215 megawatt power plant, the Gurara project and the Gardin Kowa plant.

Others are switching of the Gudenda substation, as well as the conclusion of the Katsina wind and the Abuja solar farms.

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