Nigerians are set to experience a prolonged period of power failure as electricity generation has dropped to below 2,000MW due to a partial system collapse at one of the nation’s major power plants and gas supply challenges.
Power generation under the administration President Muhammadu Buhari may have hit the worst low as only 1,970mw was generated as at Thursday.
This means the most populous black nation in earth with over N170m people share less than 2,000mw.
The figure shows a significant drop from the 3,100mw update provided less than a week ago by the Nigeria System Operator (NSO).
The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN said the nation’s power generation capacity dropped from 3,959 megawatts on January 4 to 2,662 megawatts on January 22.
The Nigerian Electricity System Operator, SO, website, a sub agency of TCN, disclosed the figure in its daily forecast on power generation data in Lagos on Sunday.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports that TCN attributed the drop to low water levels at the hydro power stations and dearth of gas to the power generating companies.
The TCN said the total output of 2,662.20 megawatts from all the generation companies on Sunday had been transferred to the 11 distribution companies across the country.
According to the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) operational report for January 4, the power sector hit a peak generation of 4,959 megawatts but dropped to 2,662.20 megawatts on January 22.
NESI said the sector recorded highest system frequency of 51.32Hz and lowest system frequency of 48.52 Hz, while the highest and the lowest voltage recorded on Sunday were 372KV and 300KV, respectively.
An official of Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, who preferred anonymity, said electricity generation had been dwindling due to challenge of accessing gas by generation companies.
The official said that low level water levels at the country’s hydro thermal stations also contributed to the drop in generation.
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