Nigeria’s power sector has lost a whopping N2.114 billion to gas, water and grid constraints in two days, a daily report of the power sector has said.
The report released on Monday, said 4,405MW of electricity was impaired within the two days.
It however stated that a total of 4,096MW was sent out on Friday against the previous day of 3,934MW from 53 turbines.
A breakdown of the constraints revealed that gas constraint accounted for 1,977MW, high frequency constraint was 147MW while the water management constraint accounted for 150MW, totalling 2,174MW equivalent to N1.043 billion against 2,231MW, about N1.071 billion recorded previous day.
According to the report, Afam VI is currently generating at its peak of 517MW while Agip’s Okpai plant produces 368MW.
The hydro power plants of Kanji, Jebba and Shiroro are generating 384MW, 364MW and 256MW respectively.
Egbin power plant is currently operating at its lowest ebb with its gas plant generating 173MW and ST 6 at 134MW.
All the National Independent Power Plants (NIPPs) owned and operated by Niger Delta Power Holding Company of Nigeria (NDPHc) are currently functioning, though at lower capacity.
Presently, Olorunsogo plant is out of production.
Geregu NIPP, a unit, is generating 71MW to the national grid, Sapele NIPP with two units 217 MW is linked to the grid.
In a bid to improve electricity generation in the country, the Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria (REAN) on Sunday, said that the Federal Government might turn to solar to generate more of its power.
According to The Executive Secretary of REAN, Godwin Aigbokhan, senators will come to the conclusion this month, on the allocation of $30 million to solar projects in the 2017 budget.
According to him, the money will be used to fund off-grid solar projects, photovoltaic manufacturing, and transmission upgrades.
“It just gives you an idea of how the government sees solar as part of the total energy mix,” he added.
Newest report says Nigeria is part of a growing list of OPEC countries increasing the use of green power.
A study by German developing agency, GIZ, revealed that households and small businesses in the country currently spend about $21.8 billion annually powering diesel generators so as to have access to electricity.
In this regard, the Federal Government said it would increase the contribution of renewables to its energy mix from 13% in 2015 to 23% by 2025.
In this framework, the Niger Delta Power Company in January signed an agreement with Azuri Technologies to provide power systems for 20,000 rural households without access to the grid. According to Yemi Osinbajo, acting President, this deal falls in line with the government’s commitment to boost access to electricity.
Nigeria is experiencing a drastic drop in power generation after the Nigerian Electricity System Operator, SO, website, a sub agency of TCN, Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, recently announced that generating capacity dropped from 3,959 megawatts on January 4 to 2,662 megawatts.
It would be recalled that the country celebrated attainment of 5000MW mid 2016 as a result of the heavy rain.
Aside the relapse in power production caused by lack of rain, there is also gradual folding up of gas to the power generating companies due to inadequate gas supply for generation.
Recently in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) operational report, power production hit a peak generation of 4,959MW but relapsed to 2,662.20 megawatts.
NESI said the sector recorded highest system frequency of 51.32Hz and lowest system frequency of 48.52 Hz, while the highest and the lowest voltage recorded were 372KV and 300KV, respectively.
The Minister of Power, Fashola, also said recently, that the sabotage of gas pipelines by militants prevented Nigeria from generating 7,000 MW of electricity.
“Today, at its most frugal, the nation’s power grid would support 6,500MW; pushed to its limit, it would carry 7,200MW.
“So it is not true when you hear that the grid capacity is not more than 5,000MW. It is growing every day and more projects are coming up.
“We have completed some and more are still coming up. So that is where we are,” Mr. Fashola said.


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