Elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion still down by 930mw

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

Elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion is still down by about 930 megawatts (mw) due to van­dal­i­sa­tion of ma­jor gas pipe­line in­fra­struc­tures, ac­cord­ing to re­cent op­er­a­tional sta­tis­tics from the Na­tional Con­trol Cen­tre (NCC) in Osogbo.

The sta­tis­tics re­leased at the weekend also re­vealed that peak gen­er­a­tion re­mained stag­nated at 3,220mw.

The re­port fur­ther said while min­i­mum en­ergy gen­er­ated was 2,438mw, a pre­vi­ous data recorded 3,082.68mw of en­ergy sent out.

The dras­tic re­duc­tion in the na­tional grid is how­ever in sharp con­trast with the im­prove­ment be­ing recorded at the year’s in­cep­tion es­pe­cially in Fe­bru­ary when NCC records re­vealed an in­creased to­tal max­i­mum ca­pac­ity of 4,151mw with its min­i­mum ca­pac­ity evac­u­a­tion at 3,703mw.

Re­call that the high­est gen­er­a­tion in the an­nals of elec­tric­ity sys­tem grid in Nigeria was achieved in 2012 when power gen­er­a­tion rose to 4,517.6mw on De­cem­ber 23rd.

The Trans­mis­sion Com­pany of Nigeria (TCN) was also re­ported not­ing a sig­nif­i­cant sta­bil­is­ing of the grid net­work be­tween 4,400

and 4,500mw in Fe­bru­ary 2013 shortly af­ter its fall from 4,500mw in Jan­uary.

The trend fluc­tu­a­tion con­tin­ued till De­cem­ber 2013 with a record of about 3,563mw, weeks af­ter govern­ment had pri­va­tised ma­jor power util­i­ties in­clud­ing the gen­er­a­tion and dis­tri­bu­tion as­sets un­der the de­funct Power Hold­ing Com­pany of Nigeria (PHCN).

But the Min­is­ter of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, had re­cently at­trib­uted the loss in gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity to van­dal­ism, gas sup­ply short­age and the loss of trans­mis­sion lines.

“I wish to re­it­er­ate that gas short­age not only af­fects the avail­abil­ity of power for dis­patch to con­sumers but the fre­quency of sys­tem col­lapses is also strongly cor­re­lated to this men­ace.”

Other fac­tors that re­cently im­pacted on ser­vice de­liv­ery in the sec­tor in­clude oc­ca­sional loss of trans­mis­sion lines and sub­sta­tions across the coun­try,” Nebo said.

He also as­sured that within the next few weeks, most of the chal­lenges would have been ad­dressed and sup­ply would have im­proved.

Min­is­ter of Power Chinedu Nebo

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