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Nigerians brace for power outages as Egbin station undergoes maintenance

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There will be an increase in electricity outages in the country as Egbin power station  shut down on Monday.

The management of the Transmission Company of Nigeria has said that Egbin Power Station will be shut down for three days starting today on the back of gas pipeline maintenance.

According to the statement seen by BusinessDay, the station was shut down at 11:13 hours on December 18, 2023, to allow the Nigeria Gas Company (NGC) to maintain a linking gas pipeline supplying gas to Egbin Power Station.

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“This means a reduction of 676 megawatts of bulk power generated into the nation’s grid for 3 days and consequently the quantum of bulk power available to be delivered to distribution companies load centres nationwide for the period,” the company said.

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This means that there will be a shortage of electricity generation and supply and blackouts in some areas of the country.

Egbin Power is the largest power generating station in Nigeria with an installed capacity of 1,320 MW consisting of 6 Units of 220MW each, contributing over 16 percent of the total electricity generated to the Nigerian National Grid.