Power Generation Drops by 10.49%

The daily operational report of the Transmission Company of Nigeria revealed that On Saturday, May 24, 2014, power generation dropped by 10.49% from 4,105MW recorded last month to 3,647MW.

The Egbin gas plant station was said to generate most of the MegaWatts at 550.17MW, followed by Okpai, Afam VI and Delta, with 456.83mw, 387.95MW and 365.63MW respectively.

The Alaoji NIPP, Omoku and Trans Amadi power plants were said to be generating nil megawatt.

From the report, power generation in Nigeria is still being affected by low or no supply of gas pressure, maintenance issues, vandalism and water management issues.

Since the physical handover of the 18 successor companies of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria to private investors by the Federal Government on November 1, 2013, electricity generation in the country had hovered around 3,000MW.

The Federal Ministry of power reported in April that power generation is coming up again with the current generated megawatts hitting over 4,000 as of then. The Ministry also stated that Lagos state and its environs got the highest allocation of 985MW while the highest allocated to Abuja through the Katampe and Gwagwalada power line was 410.80MW.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) which is the sector regulator is presently concerned about the prevailing uncertainty in the country’s power sector caused by deteriorating electricity supply and poor investment, among others.

This situation had resulted in NERC demanding that all electricity distribution companies supply the details of their operational database for proper assessment and monitoring of their activities.