Nigeria's Power Infrastructure

12 Nigerian power plants idle as generation drops to 3,928MW: Report

*Data showed that generation capacity of 2,136.6MW could not be utilised as of 6a.m. May 13 because of gas constraints, low load demand by the distribution companies and water management

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Following the collapse of the national power grid Wednesday, May 12, worsening the blackout being experienced in parts of the country, the number of idle power plants on same grid increased by two to 12 Thursday.

The total power generation in Nigeria declined to 3,927.9 megawatts as of 6a.m. on Thursday from 4,272MW at the same time the previous day, The Punch report said.

The plants that did not generate any megawatts of electricity as of 6a.m. Thursday included seven of those built under the National Integrated Power Project, namely Geregu II, Sapele II, Alaoji, Olorunsogo II, Omotosho II, Ihovbor, and Gbarain.

The others were Ibom Power, Rivers IPP, AES, ASCO and Egbin ST6, report stated.

The data showed that generation capacity of 2,136.6MW could not be utilised as of 6a.m. Thursday as a result of gas constraints, low load demand by the distribution companies and water management.

Egbin, the nation’s biggest power station located in Lagos, saw its output drop to 489MW as of 6a.m. Thursday from 776MW Wednesday.

Recall that the national grid suffered another system collapse on Wednesday morning, worsening the blackout being experienced in parts of the country.

ConsumerConnect had reported the grid, which is being managed by government-owned Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), has continued to suffer system collapse over the years amid a lack of “spinning reserve” that is meant to forestall such occurrences in the country.

It is noted that spinning reserve is the generation capacity that is online, but unloaded and that can respond within 10 minutes to compensate for generation or transmission outages.

TCN said the latest total system collapse of the grid was as a result of voltage collapse at some parts of the grid.

The regulatory agency said in a statement Wednesday, that “while the grid restoration and power restoration gradually progress to other parts of the country, the cause of voltage collapse that precipitated this failure is equally being investigated.”

Kindly Share This Story