Electricity supply to worsen nationwide as minister orders closure of Kainji power station

Minister of Power, Barth Nnaji

The epileptic power supply situation in the country is set to get worse as Minister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji, Saturday announced the closure of  the 760-megawatts hydro-power station at Kanji Dam in Niger, owing to excessive water leakage at the dam.

Electricity supply has dropped nationwide in recent times with residents of some major cities complaining loudly. A lot of small businesses have suffered as a result while thousands of artisans have been rendered redundant.
But a statement, signed by the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, Ogbuagu Anikwe, quotes Nnaji as saying that the Kainji “shutdown followed excessive water leakage in the dam, which could cause a flooding of the station.
“To forestall the flooding, all five units in the power station generating 330MW were shut down early this morning,’’ he said.
The minister also ordered that all the divers of the power station should be mobilised to trace the point of water leakage in the dam and rectify the problem as a matter of utmost urgency.
Mr. Nnaji stressed that if the water leakage problem was not rectified immediately, it could affect the operations of the four units of the Jebba Hydro Station, which currently produced 335MW.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the dam was built in 1968 with an installed capacity for 760MW.
NAN, however, learnt that the Kainji Hydro Power Plant has in recent years been generating not more than 450 MW due to poor maintenance, as it has not been overhauled since its establishment.
The minister, who apologised to Nigerians for the power outage arising from the plant’s shutdown, said that “it is regrettable that it occurred when there is a considerable reduction in national power supply as a result of shortage in gas supply to thermal power stations.’’
Mr. Nnaji disclosed that President Goodluck Jonathan was personally leading a new effort to draw up a far-reaching and composite plan to end all the impediments limiting the quick realisation of Nigeria’s electricity development plans, including gas.



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  • Hayatu

    FFor past seven special attention is said to have been given to the power sector with billions of dollars going into, but what we have is less power. At this time we are talking of less gas supply for no reason. And now for the first time kainji is being completely short. Who knows, may be for the next two or years it will not be started.

    • albarika

      Bart Nnaji, it is time to go back to America where you came from. you have been circulating since you join Abacha govt as a minister you have not achieved anything for this country. pls go and burn ur certificate in Robotic Engineering which you have been using to deceive pple in govt who continue to partronise you. how can you talk abt gas shortage in a country where we have more gas than oil. Nigeria is more of a Gas nation than oil but we flare it away. pls Nnaji resign and go you cant do it, simple!

  • Umarkyadi

    What a shame.

  • Umar

    you are doing well for keeping the entire world with up to about Nigerian situation pls keep it up.

  • spik4naija

    Let us explore other alternatives of power generation. We have abundance of sun in this country. We should harness the solar energy wasting in this country to generate electricity. The federal government should invest in solar electricity. Electricity supply never improved despite news of improved power plants all over the country.

    Nigerians are suffering under the years of blackout, which in not improved by the high cost of fuel for private generation of electricity.