15 Power Plants Shut, As Nigeria Electricity Consumers in Darkness
By Olumidagreaton October 31, 2018
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At least 15 power plants in the country are currently idling away as many Distributions Companies (DISCO) reject supply from generating firm, plunging generation down to 2,390 Megawatts.
Reports from the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing indicated that power generation has nosedived to about 2,390 Megawatts from around 4,000 it has hover in recent months.
This development explains while supply from DISCO has remained abysmal in recent time with many households subjected to power outages in the process of rationing supply.
The idle plants are Sapele, Afam IV & V, Geregu, Omotosho, Geregu NIPP, Alaoji, Omotosho NIPP, Odukpani NIPP, Ihovbor NIPP, Gbarain NIPP, Okpai, Afam VI, AES, ASCO and Rivers IPP.
Joy Ogaji, Executive Secretary, Association of Power Generation Companies, said the generating plants are being forced to shut down and operate and below optimum due to distributions and transmission challenges.
“Specifically, generation companies are pinned down by some operational impediments. The frequency of instructions to either increase load or decrease load (ramp up and ramp down) and, in some cases, shut down, has induced damaging stresses to the components of the machines.
“These instructions, reflective of the grid behaviour, are subjecting key electrical components of the power plants to operational stresses. Our available generation has always been steady between 7,500MW and 8,000MW; you can check the records at the National Control Centre, Osogbo.” Ogaji said.
The nation generates most of its electricity from gas-fired power plants, while output from hydropower plants makes up about 30 per cent of the total.
But the three hydropower plants accounted for more than 50 per cent of the electricity generated as of 6am on Monday, with Kainji, Jebba and Shiroro producing 366MW, 354MW and 494MW, respectively.
Egbin, the biggest power station in the country, saw its output drop to 176MW on Monday from 306MW on Saturday.