• Tuesday, March 05, 2024
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Power generation crashes to 2,477MW, as gas supply shortage persist

Business woes worsen as large scale theft deepens blackouts

Power on-grid generation has continued on a steady fall, reaching 2,477 mega Watts as at 12 noon on Friday. This is as federation government confirm gas supply shortage to generation companies.

BusinessDay monitoring of the grid generation reading showed that the generation for the day started at 3,958.31 mw and continued on staggering pace to 2,477mw.

As at 12pm, the active plants on the grid were: Afam plant at 361mw, Azura plant at 355mw, Dadinkowa plant at 34mw, Delta plant at 340mw, Geregu plant was at 261mw, Kainji plant at 413mw, Geregu NIPP was at 125mw.

Others include, Olorunsogo plant at 62.9mw, Olorunsogo NIPP at 110.3mw, Omotosho at 60.60mw, Shiroro plant at 295.48mw and Trans-amadi at 59.1 mw

However, Egbin plant, Ibom plant, Jebba plant, Odunkpani, Okpai plant, Sapele plant, Riverside IPP, Paras energy plant, omoku all read 0 as at the period.

Commeting on the power shortfall, Adebayo Adelabu, the minister of power attributed it to the low supply of gas to power generating companies.

In a statement sent to BusinessDay on friday, the minister said, “the blackout being experienced in the country has been attributed to low supply of Gas to power generating companies. The situation has adversely affected production leading to blackout in some parts of the country.

“In the past couple of weeks, there has been a significant downturn in the level of power supply to Nigerians. This is mainly due to a decreased level of gas supply to generation companies. This situation has led to a lower level of energy supplied to load centres, which has affected supply of electricity to distribution companies.”

He explained that the federal government was looking into ensuring that outstanding payments are made to power generation companies to resolve the problem.

“Efforts are on the way by the Federal Government to ensure outstanding payments are made to generation companies, to ensure improved gas supply and increased power generation, this will also enable distribution companies to supply more electricity to Nigerians. We acknowledge the current unsustainable situation, and we expect a turnaround immediately,” he said.