Nigeria’s power generation has dropped from its December figure of 4,502 megawatts to 4,286 megawatts, the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has disclosed.
The Company said that electricity generation has hit 4,286 megawatts as against the 3,700 megawatts that is being insinuated in the country.
Nigeria reached its highest peak generation of 4, 517 megawatts on December 23, according to the TCN and hovered around that figure in December.
The current generation of 4,286 megawatts also dropped on Monday, the TCN’s Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs, Dave Ifabiyi, said. He explained that the drop in power generation on Monday was due to the one-day shutdown of a power plant.
Mr. Ifabiyi, who made the clarifications in a telephone interview with the News agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos, said that power generation dropped by 460 megawatts on Monday.
“The 460 megawatts drop in power generation on Monday was due to the one-day shutdown of the Okpai Power Plant owned by Agip Oil Company in Delta. The plant was closed to undergo repairs,’’ he said.
He said that the one-day closure of the Okpai Power Plant forced power generation to stand at 4,100 megawatts, which rose to 4,286 MW on Tuesday.
“As at Tuesday, Nigeria’s power generation stood at 4,286 megawatts. We are expectant that our power generation capacities will build-up with time.
“The shutdown of the Okpai Power Plant was because of vandalised line which was later restored back on stream the same day,’’ he said.
Mr. Ifabiyi said that the ongoing privatisation of the power sector would result in increased power generation and improved supply of electricity to Nigerians.
President Goodluck Jonathan had claimed in an interview with the CNN that power generation and distribution in Nigeria was getting better and that Nigerians could attest to that fact.
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