Nigeria’s power generation drops to 2,662 megawatts

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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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He said that most hydro stations are currently confronted with low water challenges to generate energy.

The TCN official said that this often caused system collapse when the system scrabbled to distribute energy from the grid to distribution companies and the quantum of energy was not sufficient.

According to him, it is a challenging period for power sector but it will get better once the hydro swing into high water level and gas becomes available.

He attributed the drop in generation to the attack launched against pipeline facilities belonging to the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, on January 17 around Ugheli in Delta State.

Similarly, a top official of Egbin Power Station, who also pleaded anonymity, said that the power plant, with a capacity of 1,320 megawatts now generates 340 megawatts due to gas constraint.

The official said that the 340 megawatts Egbin generated was wheeled out to the national grid at 6.00 a.m. on Sunday.

FasholaThe Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, had on Friday said that the sabotage of power assets by militants prevented Nigeria from generating 7,000 MW of electricity.

“Today, at its most frugal, the nation’s power grid would support 6,500MW; pushed to its limit, it would carry 7,200MW.

“So it is not true when you hear that the grid capacity is not more than 5,000MW. It is growing every day and more projects are coming up.

“We have completed some and more are still coming up. So that is where we are,” Mr. Fashola said at the Nextier Power Dialogue in Abuja on Friday.

The minister said while power was out due to attacks in one axis, the expansion of either the grid or gas supply was kept alive on another axis and hydro power was also being expanded.

(NAN)


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  • Mamman Bako

    A cocktail of excuses are given always by these guys. Well that’s the CHANGE we voted for! Stay tuned……more to come.

  • sammyctu ode

    Fashola Nigerians are not asking you to quote us lofty unrealistic figures as you did on Friday, also we don’t want FG to be winning on no gas. I expect this government to know when they took over to solve the perennial gas shortage problem which has gone on for decades. Nigeria has abundant of gas but the lack of clarity and a good gas policy coupled with government officials who have no brilliant ideas to solve the gas problem is making things difficult for all of us. As a former governor of Lagos state Fashola should come up with better gas policy instead of giving us cock n bull stories on a weekly basis. Fashola i expect better performance from you Mr so called SAN.

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  • Otile

    Why did it take Buhari 7 months to appoint his brainless and misplaced ministers?

  • sammyctu ode

    Fashola please go and learn from the international oil companies in Nigeria how to solve your so called crying of gas shortages all the time. The IOCs in Nigeria have three basic things anywhere they operate which are: Constant power supply even to their remotess locations 365 days a year; Constant fresh clean drinking water on all their locations and Constant telecommunications to all their locations.
    FG, States and LGs have illiterate civil servants and expired government officials who can’t think anymore to solve the nation’s problems. Most of them have been working for more than 50 years fraught of ideas, just pushing files daily and getting corrupt on daily basis yet governments will not let all these expired tired illiterates go cos they don’t want to offend corrupt trade union officials. We better wake up in Nigeria. When we people from private industry wants to help government the civil servants kick cos their corrupt livelihoods and positions are threatened. It’s time to overhaul our thinking, stop being sentimental and get rid of all these expired civil servants who can never contribute anything meaningful to our developments.

  • S.B. Bade

    Premium Times Editor,

    Raji Fashola can’t give what he doesn’t have

    If you give Raji Fashola another 50 years on this job,
    Nigeria will get darker, because nobody can give what he doesn’t have.
    There’s something called charlatan. It denotes someone who memorizes
    ‘megawatts figures produced’; to regurgitate it in public but only for the sound
    of it, and just to sound half as smart as the thinking person who did the hard
    work to measure the megawatts produced and tabulate those figures.

    Nigerians are naive. This was a boy failing and repeating class in secondary school.
    The same dullard called Raji Fashola is what illiterate Muslims packaged as genius
    with false propaganda and foisted on the better-educated Christians who don’t think.
    What a shame! There is really something wrong with Nigeria’s Christian community.
    It is either they are predisposed to slavery or mistaken on a purpose of schooling.
    What’s the use of superior education if all it could be used for is to run errands for
    a clutch of Muslim imbeciles who’re promoted above their level of competence?

    • S.B. Bade

      ………..or have any sound morals of honesty he’s always lacked

      “Akin Ambode, the new governor of Lagos state, has revoked the
      self-allocation of over 25 plots [in Lekki] by his predecessor, Raji Fashola,
      in his final days in office A female newscaster with a Lagos-based TV station
      was one of the beneficiaries, The Cable learnt.

      The land was officially parceled into 25 plots and shared by Raji Fashola
      who went on to sign the certificates of occupancy on May 26, three days
      to his exit from office. Most of the plots, were allocated by Raji Fashola to
      his own relatives, friends, aides and associates — including Yewande Animashaun;
      his cousin who also served as his special adviser on public health and, Wale Ahmed;
      who served as his commissioner for special duties.”

    • No-Comment

      “That is exactly how corruption overran the country in the first place, and how Nigerian officials

      came to own huge slices of the developed world, leaving their people the dump location for their

      waste and excess. The citizens need truth and justice, which can only come from a government

      inspired by the patriotic spirit, not one which simply proclaims it. “

      ………………..SONALA OLUMHENSE

      (January 22nd, 2017)

  • Arabakpura

    The elastic limit of Nigerian power generation is 4000 megawatts; any increase is in the minds and the books of those in authority!

    • J.Jaycee

      @arabakpura:disqus

      Thank you jare. Raji Fashola is talking rubbish. Nigeria’s transmission lines are so flaccid
      and decrepit they can hardly transfer 3,000 megawatts. So what the hell is this misfit chap
      mis-appointed a Minister, on Muslim solidarity, talking about here with arrogant ignorance?

  • Otile

    An Odua man calling himself rommel will not be seen writing the first comment in this type of article except when his later comes in to defend his god by accusing Jonathan of not leaving enough money for Buhari to feed the starving Core North.

  • Eddy Ogbeh

    @sammyctuode:disqus

    PREMIUM TIMES is too biased in favour of President Buhari. How many times have we been
    saying it here that we don’t have electricity since 23rd December? Premium Times will not
    want to hear us on the front page because we are common men. But when thieves in the
    government now come to say the same thing to make it look like it is not their fault,
    Premium Times will now put thief-talk on front page. Where is the fairness in that?
    Where is the fear of God in Premium Times? We are suffering, we are crying,
    Buhari is destroying Nigeria, Premium Times does not want to hear anything.

  • emmanuel

    Fashola is a nicompoop. I recalled he stigmatise the last government on power generation and distribution which he said was not a difficult task. Unfortunately, he is now delivering the least mega watts in the history of Nigeria.
    2,662? what manner of insolent people are leading Nigeria? They are diversifying the economy. Ask them where is the focus, nothing.
    They celebrate earning more money from Oil and almost two years after, they still do not have data on achievements from their efforts so far. What have they done to improve electricity? what are the efforts to get the industries running again? Is there any country in the World that drive her economy with Agric and does not go industry?
    What manner of yesterday people are setting us back and everyone keeps quiet?
    I cannot afford the next couple of my life span to be wasted waiting for visionless people till when the whole country is grounded

  • tony H

    Sai Baba! Sai Buhari. Don’t worry, BBOG campaigners are gathering firewood from Sambisa forest.

  • Höly Wähala

    “Nigeria’s power problem can be solved in 6months.” – Raji Fashola
    Nigeria’s problems can only be solved if incompetent and lazy Yoro people are not given critical portfolios to manage. Look at our economy, transportation under Rotimi has seen incessant power outages at MMIA and our infrastructure remain derelict and rusty despite the huge budget allocated to it… Fayemi still does not know which of our solid minerals are of export grade. In short, an urgent Cabinet reshuffle and weeding out of stuupid and incompetent members of it is needed, that is the only way forward. Fashola must give way to an engineer with the technical know-how to run an electric company… likewise, Kalamity Kemi must be sacked for true development economists to help reverse the negative trends her drooling management of our Ministry of Finance which has led to mass suffering by innocent Nigerians of all works of life. Yoros in govt. are the wrong pegs in wrong holes here, a purge of the slimy pigs is of paramount priority. Lazy clowns!

    • John Oluwasanmi Akinjogbin

      @disqus_CmTqWyMjJb:disqus

      YOU ARE RIGHT THAT PRESIDENT BUHARI SHOT HIMSELF IN THE FOOT
      WITH THE MEDIOCRE AND THE THIEVES HE ASSEMBLED AS MINISTERS,
      BUT IT IS TOO LATE TO SAVE BUHARI FROM THE DUSTBIN OF HISTORY.
      MORNING SHOWS THE DAY; AND, THE FIRST CUT IS ALWAYS DEEPEST.
      NO CABINET RESHUFFLE CAN MAKE BUHARI LOOK LESS INCOMPETENT.

    • blueeyedkitten

      just listen to this ethnic war lord! always talking from an ethnic point of view.
      if only you’d stop being such a stup!d jerk, you’d have being alright.
      you’ve got great ideas; but your terrible temperament wouldnt let anybody take you seriously.
      you better change for your own good.

      • Höly Wähala

        Punk, just get lost… old news!

        • blueeyedkitten

          yeah! old new. kaji wawa.

          • Höly Wähala

            Middle finger!

  • Lanre

    We warned Fashola not to take this appointment. Power, Works and Housing all in one portfolio. What exactly has Fashola achieved?

  • labisco47

    Was Fahola the one blowing the gas pipes meant to deliver gas to the power stations.

    • blueeyedkitten

      NO!